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.

National CMV awareness month.

CMV Resource Center

To help you promote CMV and CMV Awareness Month, CDC offers fact sheets, videos, infographics, and other resources for pregnant women, parents, and healthcare providers. These resources aim 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 people 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.

Page last reviewed: August 18, 2020