National Cytomegalovirus (CMV) Awareness Month
National Cytomegalovirus (CMV) Awareness Month is an annual observance held in June to increase awareness of CMV, the most common infectious cause of birth defects.
CMV is the most common infectious cause of birth defects in the United States. About 1 out of 5 babies with congenital CMV infection will have birth defects or other long-term health problems, such as hearing loss. In 2011, Congress passed a resolution naming June “National CMW Awareness Month.” CDC takes this opportunity to increase awareness of congenital cytomegalovirus (CMV) among healthcare providers, pregnant women, and parents.
To commemorate National CMV Awareness Month 2019, CDC is rolling out:
- A new graphic that partners can use on products promoting National CMV Awareness Month.
- Social media posts – on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn – that deliver key messages about congenital CMV and link to further information and resources.
- A redesign of our CMV website that improves access to information for specific groups, like parents of children with CMV and childcare providers.
- A new web page, What CDC is Doing, which describes the research and education conducted by CDC that contributes to a better understanding of CMV.
CMV Resource Center
CDC offers fact sheets, videos, infographics, and other resources for pregnant women, parents, and healthcare providers to increase understanding of congenital CMV and to support families affected by congenital CMV. Check out our products in the CMV Resource Center.
All of our products are designed to increase the public’s awareness of and educate about congenital CMV, and to help healthcare professionals recognize the signs and symptoms of the disease early in children and ensure they get the services they need. Feel free to share CDC’s materials about congenital CMV with your colleagues, partners, and patients, and post them on your social media outlets and websites.