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February 1986

Congenital Cytomegalovirus Infection: Information for Educational Personnel

Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Pediatrics (Drs Bale, Blackman, Murph, and Andersen) and Neurology (Dr Bale), University of Iowa College of Medicine, Iowa City.

Am J Dis Child. 1986;140(2):128-131. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1986.02140160046028

Should a 3-year-old child with congenital cytomegalovirus (CMV) be allowed to attend a classroom program for preschoolers? Can an 18-month-old infant who was excreting CMV in his urine six months ago be taken into a swimming pool? Is it safe for a pregnant physical therapist to provide hands-on services to a 7-month-old infant with congenital CMV? With increased public awareness of disorders such as acquired immunodeficiency syndrome and herpes simplex virus infections, questions such as these are now frequently posed to neurologists, developmental pediatricians, and primary care physicians by educators and others who provide services to handicapped children.

Awareness of CMV has only recently emerged among the general public, particularly among those who work in special education settings, where children with developmental disabilities due to cytomegalic inclusion disease (CID) are referred for developmental intervention. School administrators, faced with increased concerns about CMV, turn to physicians for guidance but often receive