New law in Connecticut to fight number one viral cause of birth defects
HARTFORD – Several Connecticut mothers are celebrating a legislative victory in their fight to raise awareness about CMV (Cytomegalovirus) – a common virus that can spread from a pregnant woman to her fetus, sometimes causing severe birth defects.
Tuesday, Governor Dan Malloy signed the CMV Bill into law. It will require a screening test for newborns who fail a hearing test. Connecticut is one of the first states to enact this legislation.
Last year, Mystic mom Lisa Saunders shared her daughter’s story with Mommy Minute. Elizabeth’s brain damage was the result of congenital CMV. Elizabeth was a quadriplegic with cerebral palsy, and she endured countless surgeries and pneumonia. Elizabeth died at age 16 during a seizure.