What is cCMV?
- CMV or cytomegalovirus is "the most common virus most people never heard of" (Demmler-Harrison).
- More than half of the US population has had a CMV infection by 40 years old (CDC).
- It is typically harmless and can cause cold-like symptoms; 90% of adults and many children show no symptoms at all.
- When a baby is born with a CMV infection, it is called congenital CMV (cCMV).
Why should we care about cCMV?
About 1 out of every 200 babies is born with congenital CMV infection. Of these babies, around 1 in 5 will have long-term health problems such as:
Who is at risk for cCMV?
- All pregnant individuals, but especially…
- Those who have young children in the home.
- Childcare workers, early interventionists, early childhood providers.
- Healthcare workers.
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Worcester Business Journal, November 2023
"Medical research and bedside patient care often exist in different spheres, but UMass Memorial Health’s Dr. Laura Gibson applies all she’s discovered about a rare form of a common virus to her patients in order to create better outcomes for newborn babies."