SECOND CUP: June is National CMV Awareness Month

Posted at 7:46 AM, Jun 26, 2018
and last updated 2019-03-04 09:35:14-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - June is National CMV Awareness Month.

Coming in Tuesday morning to spread the word on the CMV infection is Samantha Isaacs, whose son, Han, was born in May 2015 with CMV.

When a baby is born with cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection, it is called congenital CMV.

About one out of every 200 babies is born with congenital CMV infection. But only about one in five babies with congenital CMV infection will be sick from the virus or have long-term health problems.

A pregnant woman can pass CMV to her unborn baby. The virus in the woman's blood can cross through the placenta and infect the baby. This can happen when a pregnant woman is infected with CMV for the first time, or is infected with CMV again during pregnancy.

Signs and symptons include:

  • Hearing loss
  • Developmental and motor delay
  • Vision loss
  • Microcephaly (small head)
  • Seizures