CMV Action Talk
on 23 March 2018
London North West University NHS Healthcare Trust hosted Caroline Star from CMV Action on the 8 February to talk to midwives about Cytomegalovirus (CMV) which damages 2-3 babies every day in the UK.
CMV is the leading cause of preventable hearing loss, it is sometimes called the stealth virus as although around 15% of babies are ill at birth and can be treated, most will not show obvious symptoms but will account for over 70% of the disease burden e.g. through hearing loss, that develops in the months and years after birth. CMV is also a course of vision loss, cerebral palsy, and physical impairment and implicated in learning difficulties and behavioural challenges.
Until then, reducing the risk of acquiring CMV in pregnancy is the main route of limiting its effect, and midwives play a vital part in this by providing prevention advice. The talk was very well attended with 45 midwives, it was sponsored by the RCM and fundraising efforts, including a donation box and specially decorated cakes raised £125 for CMV Action’s vital work.
For more information in CMV Action go to http://cmvaction.org.uk