Saliva is effective in screening for CMV infection in newborns, says NIH-funded research – 1
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. I’m Joe Balintfy. Researchers have been trying to find a simple, effective way to screen newborns for a leading cause of hearing loss in children.
Watson: There are ways to test infants and adults to determine whether or not they have the cytomegalovirus or CMV.
Narrator: Dr. Bracie Watson is a program officer at NIH.
Watson: The way that it is normally tested for, it takes a lot of time it’s very expensive and it’s not a test that is amenable to newborn screening.
Narrator: Now a new study shows swabbing a newborn’s mouth for saliva can be used to quickly and effectively screen for CMV. For details on this study, visit www.nidcd.nih.gov. Health Matters is produced by the National Institutes of Health, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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