Epidemiological impact and disease burden of congenital cytomegalovirus infection in Europe

Euro Surveill. 2009 Mar 5;14(9):26-32.


In Europe, congenital cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection is the leading cause of neurological disabilities in children, causing severe sequelae such as sensorineural hearing loss, neurodevelopmental delay or blindness. The infection causes high disease burden and costs. Nevertheless, there is little awareness of CMV among medical officials and the general public.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Cytomegalovirus Infections / congenital*
  • Cytomegalovirus Infections / epidemiology*
  • Disease Outbreaks / statistics & numerical data*
  • Europe / epidemiology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Male
  • Population Surveillance*
  • Prevalence
  • Risk Assessment / methods*
  • Risk Factors