COLUMBUS—State Representatives Anne Gonzales (R-Westerville) and Margy Conditt (R-Liberty Township) today applauded the Ohio House’s passage of legislation they jointly sponsored that raises awareness for Congenital Cytomegalovirus, an infection that affects 30,000 babies every year in the United States.

House Bill 165 would designate June as "Congenital Cytomegalovirus Awareness (CMV) Month." The infection acquired by the fetus from the mother before birth can cause low birth weight, seizures, vision impairment, hearing loss, cerebral palsy and, in some cases, death.

“House Bill 165 will help to educate pregnant women about CMV and aims to keep their unborn child safe from this infection,” said Rep. Gonzales.  

The virus is caused by person-to-person contact through bodily fluids that contain CMV, such as saliva. By bringing awareness to this relatively unknown condition, House Bill 165 seeks to help educate mothers about the dangers associated with CMV and how it can be prevented while the baby is still in the womb, diagnosed when the baby is born and treated through antivirals.

“Raising awareness for CMV can make a huge difference in the lives of mothers and newborns across the state,” Rep. Conditt said. “I was proud to help bring attention to such an important cause and hope that by passing this bill, more will be informed about CMV.”

The bill passed with unanimous support and will now go to the Senate for further consideration.

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