Journal article

Universal cytomegalovirus screening: Time for reappraisal?

BJ Hutchinson, R Palma-Dias, SP Walker

Fetal and Maternal Medicine Review | Published : 2014


Congenital cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection is now the commonest infective cause of neurological handicap. Arguably, there is no other single contributor to developmental disability where a greater opportunity, and imperative, exists to improve outcomes than CMV. CMV is the most common intrauterine infection and congenital CMV is the leading non-inherited cause of sensorineural deafness. The public health impact of CMV is significant: the overall birth prevalence of congenital CMV is estimated at 0.64%, with 11% of live born infants displaying symptoms.