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Congenital Cytomegalovirus: Implications for Maternal-Child Nursing

Alex, Marion Rita MN, RN, CNM

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing: March/April 2014 - Volume 39 - Issue 2 - p 122–129
doi: 10.1097/NMC.0000000000000008
Feature: CE Connection

Congenital cytomegalovirus (CMV) is a leading infectious cause of neurodevelopmental disorders in children. Despite its prevalence and devastating consequences, there is limited public and professional awareness about it. This practice-focused article presents two stories describing the family experience of congenital CMV; a literature review describing incidence and epidemiology of congenital CMV; sequelae including infection; the extent of public awareness about congenital CMV; and risk reduction approaches. Implications for maternal–child nurses, whose work uniquely situates them with populations of childbearing women, are discussed.

Many nurses do not know the long lasting implications from a diagnosis of congenital cytomegalovirus, but the serious effects can be devastating. This midwife gives you the best evidence about congenital cytomegalovirus.

Marion Rita Alex is an Associate Professor, School of Nursing, St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada B2G 2W5. She can be reached via e-mail at

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The author and planners have disclosed no potential conflicts of interest, financial or otherwise.

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