June is National Congenital CMV Awareness Month

Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is one of the herpesviruses. This group of viruses includes the herpes simplex viruses, varicella-zoster virus (which causes chickenpox and shingles), and Epstein-Barr virus (which causes infectious mononucleosis, also known as mono). CMV is a common infection that is usually harmless. Once CMV is in a person's body, it stays there for life. Among every 100 adults in the United States, 50–80 are infected with CMV by the time they are 40 years old.

If you have CMV during pregnancy, you have a 1-in-3 chance (33 percent) of passing it to your baby. CMV is the most common virus passed from mothers to babies during pregnancy. About 1 to 4 in 100 women (1 to 4 percent) have CMV during pregnancy. Most babies born with CMV don’t have health problems caused by the virus. But CMV can cause problems for some babies.

Prevention: look at this infographic  - 
“A Pregnant Woman’s Path to Prevent CMV” CMV Prevention Infographic
(with thanks to BYU Public Health students)

More Information:
https://www.nationalcmv.org/
http://www.cdc.gov/cmv/prevention.html