Westat and researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have presented findings from a web survey assessing the effectiveness of congenital cytomegalovirus (CMV) health education materials in the November 30, 2014, issue of BMC Women’s Health. Westat staff Simani Price, Ph.D., Erika Bonilla, and Paul Zador, Ph.D., contributed to the article.
CMV is the most common congenital infection in the U.S. and can result in permanent disabilities, such as hearing and vision loss, intellectual disability, and psychomotor and language impairments. Although it is the most common congenital infection, few women know about preventive behaviors.
“Findings from this study indicate that CMV health education materials can greatly increase awareness and knowledge, as well as motivation to engage in preventive behaviors,” noted Dr. Price.