CMV Action concluded international CMV Awareness Month in 2015 by producing an expert report, co-authored by some of the UK’s leading health care professionals in this area, which for the first time highlighted clear calls to action on how to reduce the number of babies affected by CMV infection each year. We estimate that almost 1000 babies born in the UK every year have symptoms at birth or go on to develop permanent disabilities.
The evidence base on prevention, transmission, diagnosis and treatment is evolving. CMV experts worldwide are now confident that the impact of CMV can be reduced and are calling for more action. We can also learn from other countries, such as the US, where public health initiatives to reduce the burden of CMV infection are more advanced.
Based on this evidence, the report recommends that:
- GPs and midwives advise women about reducing the risks of infection
- Bodies responsible for professional training do more to ensure that doctors and midwives are confident in their knowledge of CMV, prevention, transmission and management
- Guidelines are put in place for managing infection in pregnancy
- Local pathways are put in place so that more babies can be diagnosed in time to consider treatment at birth
- The National Institute for Health Research and other bodies prioritise research to fill gaps in the evidence base on CMV