New York State Begins Newborn Screening for CCMV New York State Begins Newborn Screening for CCMV

Per, about 40,000 pregnant women contract virus annually

Syracuse, N.Y. (NCC News)- National Child Health Day was recognized across the country on Monday. Coincidentally, this past weekend the New York State Department of Health announced that it would start screening newborns for Congenital Cytomegalovirus, or cCMV, effective Monday.

cCMV is commonly transmitted to babies when a pregnant person contracts the virus and passes it on to the newborn. Common symptoms found in newborns include rashes and seizures. Additionally, long-term impacts can include impaired vision or hearing.

“They’re so innocent and they have their whole lives ahead of them,” Justine Smith, who works directly with Upstate University Hospital’s charity affairs, said. “No kid should be spending their time at a hospital, they should be on a playground or at school.”

New York State is now the second to require newborns to be screened for cCMV, along with Minnesota. Potential future parents in the area are optimistic that this requirement will have positive long-term effects.

“It’s going to be a great policy,” Upstate University Hospital Finance Chair Kevin Guo said. “It’s going to benefit a lot of families.”

“I think that’ll help a lot in terms of prevention and getting things caught beforehand,” Smith said. “Hopefully less kids have to deal with illnesses.

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