CMV, the abbreviation for cytomegalovirus, is an infection that can cause serious birth defects in unborn babies. This podcast discusses the ways pregnant women can prevent CMV infection by practicing common hygiene, which includes careful hand washing and avoiding contact with saliva and other fluids from young children. Created: 1/25/2008 by MMWR.
Date Released: 1/31/2008. Series Name: A Minute of Health with CDC.
A MINUTE OF HEALTH WITH CDC
Staying Healthy When a Baby's on the Way
Knowledge and Practices of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
Cytomegalovirus Infection During Pregnancy — United States, 2007
January 31, 2008
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When a woman is pregnant, it’s important to protect the health of her unborn
baby. Cytomegalovirus or CMV is an infection that can cause very serious birth
defects in an unborn child. People who are infected with CMV may have no
symptoms. The simplest way for a pregnant woman to prevent CMV infection is
by frequent, thorough hand washing, especially after changing a diaper. Women
who are pregnant or may become pregnant shouldn’t share food, drinks, or
utensils with children, and should avoid contact with saliva and other fluids from
young children, whenever possible.
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