Facts About Congenital CMV
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Disabilities (NCBDDD) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
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30 second PSA on cCMV
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15 second PSA on cCMV
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·   CMV is the most common congenital infection in the United States and is the most
common cause of birth defects and childhood disabilities in the U.S.

    ·   Each year in the U.S., approximately 35,000 children are born with
    congenital CMV infection

    ·   EVERY HOUR a child becomes permanently disabled because of congenital CMV

    ·   Approximately 1 in every 150 children is born with congenital CMV.
    Of those children, 1 in 5 will be born with or will develop permanent disability

    ·   Approximately 5,500 to 8,000 children each year suffer
    permanent disabilities caused by CMV

    ·   More children are permanently disabled each year by Congenital CMV
    than by Down Syndrome, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome or Spina Bifida

    ·   There are approximately 400 fatal cases of Congenital CMV each year

    ·   CMV is the second leading cause of intellectual disability,
    second only to Down syndrome

    ·   CMV is one of the (if not the) leading causes of cerebral palsy in children

    ·   CMV is the leading cause of non-hereditary deafness in children

    ·   In America, about half of all expectant mothers have never been infected with
    CMV, which puts their unborn baby at risk!

    ·   Possible outcomes for a baby born with congenital CMV:  death, deafness,
    intellectual disability, cerebral palsy, seizures, blindness, brain damage,
    autism, growth problems and more.
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The Brendan B. McGinnis Congenital CMV Foundation is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) dedicated to
raising public awareness about congenital CMV, to raise donations to support research for a vaccine
for CMV, and to affect change in the medical community so that physicians will begin to test women
for CMV prior to pregnancy. Ultimately, our mission is to save babies yet to be born from suffering
the often devastating consequences of congenital CMV by eradicating this common but potentially
life-altering virus.
On September 2, 2012, Tracy McGinnis (President/Founder of the Brendan B. McGinnis Congenital
CMV Foundation) was able to meet the President of the United States, Barack Obama. During that
exchange, Ms. McGinnis was able to tell President Obama about CMV and gave him a notebook of
nearly 100 letters and photos addressed to Mrs. Obama from CMV-affected families from around the
world. The notebook also contained information about CMV as well as a tape containing our 3 PSA's
(public service announcements) currently airing on national television. We extend our most sincere
gratitude to President Obama for taking the time and having the compassion to stop and listen so
intently to what is such a pressing health concern for not only our country, but the world. We look
forward to continuing this dialog with the White House in the coming months.
                                    Thank you again, Mr. President!
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