If I'm pregnant, how can I reduce my risk of getting Cytomegalovirus?

Coleen  Boyle, PhD, MS
Public Health & General Preventive Medicine
Pregnant women may want to take steps to reduce their risk of exposure to CMV and so reduce the risk of CMV infection of their fetus. 

Here are a few simple steps you can take to avoid exposure to saliva and urine that might contain CMV:
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for 15-20 seconds,
          especially after changing diapers, feeding a young child,      
          wiping a young child’s nose or drool, and handling children’s
  • Do not share food, drinks, or eating utensils used by young
  • Do not put a child’s pacifier in your mouth
  • Do not share a toothbrush with a young child
  • Avoid contact with saliva when kissing a child
  • Clean toys, countertops, and other surfaces that come into
          contact with children’s urine or saliva

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