What is National Congenital Cytomegalovirus Awareness Month?
National Congenital Cytomegalovirus Awareness Month is a public health and awareness campaign conducted every June to raise awareness of a very common type of harmless herpes virus and offer support of people living with the condition. It is during this month that you should take the opportunity to research and openly share information that can be helpful to people living with this virus that infects nearly 60% of people before they celebrate their 40th birthday.
Congenital Cytomegalovirus Symptoms
- Yellowish skin and eyes, commonly known as jaundice.
- Low birth weight or small sizes
- Enlarged spleen
- Poorly functioning and enlarged liver.
CMV can be asymptomatic in newborns adults as long as they are healthy. However, babies with congenital Cytomegalovirus at birth who are sick exhibit serious signs and symptoms.
Newly infected adults experience less severe symptoms similar to mononucleosis including fever, fatigue and muscular pains. Adults with compromised immune systems may experience signs and symptoms like:
- Stomach ulcers causing bleeding
- Visual impairments or blindness
More about Congenital Cytomegalovirus
Congenital Cytomegalovirus (CMV) can be present at birth, though rarely, but only less than 5% of babies born with this condition develop permanent conditions like development disabilities or hearing problems. Most CMV infections occur during childhood but you can become infected at any age. You are at an increased risk of Congenital Cytomegalovirus if you have a weakened immune system. Recurrence of Congenital Cytomegalovirus is common in people living with untreated HIV or using immunosuppressant drugs after an organ transplant.
Congenital Cytomegalovirus Treatment and Precaution
Congenital Cytomegalovirus has no cure although doctors are trying to come up with a vaccine. Preventive measures include:
- Keeping your hands clean by washing with soap and water, especially after coming in contact with kid’s toys and nose wipes or after changing diapers.
- Avoid sharing food, drinks or utensils used for feeding children.
- Avoid sharing toothbrushes with young kids.
- Avoid saliva contact when kissing a young child.
- Avoid placing a baby pacifier in your mouth.
- Thoroughly cleanse surfaces and toys that have come into contact with child’s saliva or urine.
- Get plenty of rest to enable your body control the infection
Congenital Cytomegalovirus Causes
CMV is mainly caused by close physical contact with infected objects or surfaces. It is mainly spread through bodily fluids, such as:
- Vaginal fluids
- Breast milk
Purpose of National Congenital Cytomegalovirus Awareness Month
The purpose of National Congenital Cytomegalovirus Awareness Month is to create awareness about Congenital Cytomegalovirus and raise funds to help the afflicted persons. Many people have a weakened immune system and are at risk of death from CMV if untreated. This campaign aims at increasing treatment availability for this condition affecting millions across the globe. Additionally, it a golden opportunity to tell the world about the negative health effects of this herpes virus to infected persons and those living around them. With the campaign, Congenital Cytomegalovirus patients will be aware of where to find help and curb the spread of the virus to family, friends and others they interact with.
What You Can Do During National Congenital Cytomegalovirus Awareness Month
There is much you can do this national awareness even if you are not familiar with Congenital Cytomegalovirus, including:
- Write and publish articles on Congenital Cytomegalovirus in local newspaper or online.
- Use social media like Twitter or FaceBook to create awareness about Congenital Cytomegalovirus.
- Research and share helpful information about Congenital Cytomegalovirus with affected persons and those close to them.
- Donate to organizations that promote research on Congenital Cytomegalovirus.
- Request your local TV or radio stations to air programs about Congenital Cytomegalovirus.
- Pay visits to people living with CMV.
Message of National Congenital Cytomegalovirus Awareness Month
Although it can be asymptomatic, Congenital Cytomegalovirus is a serious condition that should be treated carefully. Unfortunately, many people are not aware about the virus despite the fact that millions are living with it. It is during this National Congenital Cytomegalovirus Awareness Month that you should feel free to discuss about this virus and share vital information that can be helpful to infected people as well as those around them.
All viral diseases are hard to treat despite the many studies that are still underway. Cytomegalovirus isn’t often diagnosed as it doesn’t trigger visible symptoms in most people. It sounds ironic that such a virus affecting nearly half of the adult population in the United States fails to get major attention despite of health implications that can occur when a child is infected. Your effort in raising awareness is therefore very important in curbing the spread of this virus. Although Cytomegalovirus can be prevented through some simple measures, it is a concerning illness to people with compromised immune systems or those using immunosuppressant medications. Let us remain optimistic that health experts are applying every effort to come up with a vaccine of this potentially deadly virus.