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What is Cytomegalovirus or CMV?!

Updated: Mar 5, 2022

Don't worry if you have no idea what I'm talking about. Most SLPs don't! A study found that only 26% of SLPs have somewhat of a knowledge base of CMV!

I recently co-authored an article with Lisa Eickel, speech-language pathologist and CMV Community Alliance Chair from VA, for The ASHA Leader about CMV and the overall impact on child development.

Cytomegalovirus, or CMV, is a common virus for people of all ages, which usually causes no symptoms. However, it can lead to serious complications if contracting the virus while pregnant. During my time at the hospital, I learned an incredible amount about CMV and the overall implications on a child’s development.

1 in 200 children are born in the U.S. with CMV each year!! It is listed as one of the leading evironmental causes for pediatric hearing loss. Professionals need more education on this virus and preventative measures that can be taken to stop the spread.

Read the full article here.

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