Saliva is effective in screening for CMV infection in newborns, says NIH-funded research – 2
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. I’m Joe Balintfy. A mouth swab of saliva can be used to quickly and effectively screen newborns for congenital cytomegalovirus or CMV infection. Dr. Bracie Watson a program officer at NIH says, a common lab technique can show whether the virus is present or not.
Watson: There are certain parts of the CMV virus that are specific to the CMV virus itself.
Narrator: CMV is the most common infection passed from a mother to her newborn. Of the 20,000-30,000 infants who are born infected with CMV each year, about 10-15 percent are at risk for developing hearing loss. For more 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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