|Facts About Congenital CMV
|Public Awareness and Vaccine Research Support. Working Together to Eradicate Congenital CMV Disease.
Member of the External Partner Group, in conjunction with the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental
Disabilities (NCBDDD) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
30 second PSA on cCMV
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|· CMV is the most common congenital infection in the United States and is the most
common cause of birth defects and childhood disabilities in the U.S.
· Each year in the U.S., approximately 35,000 children are born with
congenital CMV infection
· EVERY HOUR a child becomes permanently disabled because of congenital CMV
· Approximately 1 in every 150 children is born with congenital CMV.
Of those children, 1 in 5 will be born with or will develop permanent disability
· Approximately 5,500 to 8,000 children each year suffer
permanent disabilities caused by CMV
· More children are permanently disabled each year by Congenital CMV
than by Down Syndrome, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome or Spina Bifida
· There are approximately 400 fatal cases of Congenital CMV each year
· CMV is the second leading cause of intellectual disability,
second only to Down syndrome
· CMV is one of the (if not the) leading causes of cerebral palsy in children
· CMV is the leading cause of non-hereditary deafness in children
· In America, about half of all expectant mothers have never been infected with
CMV, which puts their unborn baby at risk!
· Possible outcomes for a baby born with congenital CMV: death, deafness,
intellectual disability, cerebral palsy, seizures, blindness, brain damage,
autism, growth problems and more.
|Click below to view our 60 second PSA about CMV
|The Brendan B. McGinnis Congenital CMV Foundation is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) dedicated to
raising public awareness about congenital CMV, to raise donations to support research for a vaccine
for CMV, and to affect change in the medical community so that physicians will begin to test women
for CMV prior to pregnancy. Ultimately, our mission is to save babies yet to be born from suffering
the often devastating consequences of congenital CMV by eradicating this common but potentially