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Minnesota is First State to Screen All Newborns for Congenital Cytomegalovirus

Michelle Wiley

All newborns in Minnesota are now being screened for congenital cytomegalovirus (cCMV). While some other states have targeted cCMV screening programs, Minnesota is the first to implement universal screening of infants for the condition. Minnesota Health Commissioner, Brooke Cunningham, MD, PhD, states: “With early detection through newborn screening, we will be able to provide these babies with the interventions and care they need to improve their future health and well-being”. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention identify CMV “as the most common infectious cause of birth defects in the United States.”