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Knowledge and awareness of congenital cytomegalovirus among women.

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  • 1National Center for Infectious Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA 30333, USA.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Congenital cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection is a leading cause of disabilities in children, yet the general public appears to have little awareness of CMV.

METHODS:

Women were surveyed about newborn infections at 7 different geographic locations.

RESULTS:

Of the 643 women surveyed, 142 (22%) had heard of congenital CMV. Awareness increased with increasing levels of education (P<.0001). Women who had worked as a healthcare professional had a higher prevalence of awareness of CMV than had other women (56% versus 16%, P <.0001). Women who were aware of CMV were most likely to have heard about it from a healthcare provider (54%), but most could not correctly identify modes of CMV transmission or prevention. Among common causes of birth defects and childhood illnesses, women's awareness of CMV ranked last.

CONCLUSION:

Despite its large public health burden, few women had heard of congenital CMV, and even fewer were aware of prevention strategies.

PMID:
17485810
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PMCID:
PMC1779612
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