Cytomegalovirus, or CMV, is relatively common in the United States, with nearly one in five children infected with the virus by age 5 years. More than half of adults will become infected by age 40 years.
Most people with healthy immune systems develop no signs or symptoms, but neonates are particularly vulnerable to the effects of congenital CMV infection. A review published in Pediatrics suggested that one in three children with symptomatic CMV infection and one in 10 asymptomatic children will experience hearing loss. The virus causes severe to profound sensorineural hearing loss in approximately 10% to 20% of all children with hearing loss.
This activity is supported by an educational grant from Genentech, Inc.
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