While cytomegalovirus (CMV) is the most common viral infection of the fetus during pregnancy, contracting it for the first time while pregnant can cause complications to the unborn baby, such as hearing and vision loss and developmental delays. “It affects between 0.2% and 2.2% of babies born in the United States,” said Santosh Pandipati, M.D., maternal-fetal medicine specialist at Obstetrix® Medical Group of San Jose in California. He adds that CMV is “the leading non-genetic cause of congenital deafness in the country.”  

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