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Congenital Cytomegalovirus (cCMV) Screening
The New York State Department of Health announced that as of Monday, October 2, 2023, all samples received by the New York State Newborn Screening Program will be screened for congenital cytomegalovirus (cCMV). The New York State Newborn Screening Program was recently awarded a contract from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) to provisionally add cCMV to its screening panel for a period of one year. The free testing will be conducted during a baby’s routine newborn screening.
Babies who screen positive for cCMV will be referred to Infectious Disease specialists across the state for follow-up and evaluation. Parents may opt out of having the screening results recorded in their baby’s newborn screening report.
The Newborn Screening Program held a virtual, informational webinar about the new cCMV screen on Friday, September 8, 2023 for medical providers, hospital staff and birth attendants from around New York State.
- Slides - educational webinar for healthcare providers
- Video - educational webinar for healthcare providers
- ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ document (coming soon)
For questions regarding the new screen for cCMV, please contact the Newborn Screening Program.