(TUSCALOOSA, Ala.) -- The authors of a new study out of the University of Alabama say they have developed a simpler and more convenient way to test for one of the most common infections passed on from mothers to their unborn children.
Each year, between 20,000 to 30,000 infants are born with cytomegalovirus, or CMV infection. For those born with it, CMV can cause permanent problems such as hearing loss or developmental disabilities. And while current tests can detect that the infection exists, researchers in this latest study say they were able to detect nearly all CMV-positive infants out of the more than 34,000 screened using just saliva samples from the newborns.
The authors conclude that the simplicity and accuracy of their test could make it a potential screening tool for CMV in newborns.
Their findings were published in the New England Journal of Medicine.
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