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Family Spreads Awareness About Common Virus Rarely Talked About

by Barbara Diamond
Barbara is a passionate writer and animal lover who has been professionally blogging for over 10 years and counting.

One family in Troy, NY, is spreading awareness about a common yet terrifying disease. You’d think more people would know about it, but it’s a condition that’s rarely discussed.

Nearly three years ago, Michelle gave birth to twins Sophie and Lincoln. They’re both happy and energetic kids, but while Lincoln’s hearing is normal, Sophie failed her newborn hearing test. Today, she uses sign language to communicate. The reason for the stark difference between the two? A virus called cytomegalovirus.

After Michelle got pregnant, she was exposed to cytomegalovirus, or CMV. This virus, which spreads via bodily fluids, is surprisingly common, and affects upward of 80 percent of the population by the time we’re 40.

According to WNYT, “Generally, there are no symptoms, so you never realize you’ve been infected. Once you’ve had it, you can’t catch it again.” When CMV affects pregnant women, however, it puts their babies at risk of harmful long-term consequences.

Luckily, Sophie was diagnosed early — but that’s only because the family was living in Utah at the time, a state that requires CMV testing, should a newborn fail his or her hearing test.

CMV is definitely something of which all families should be aware, so please SHARE this with your friends on Facebook!

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