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Join the National CMV Foundation in raising awareness for congenital cytomegalovirus this June during CMV awareness month. This event will be completely virtual and held on June 27th. We can't all be together physically, but we can still make a difference apart!
HOW DOES THIS WORK?
Since this event is virtual, you choose your own starting line, starting time, and route. Your challenge is to walk, run, or roll for 5k (3.1 miles) on June 27th, and if you feel up for it, post your accomplishment on social media with the hashtags #stopcmv and #strides4cmv so we can see how well you did!
IS THERE A FUNDRAISING REQUIREMENT?
No, there is not, but it is appreciated. All funds raised (including registration fees) will be donated to the National CMV Foundation in support of their mission to educate and build awareness for congenital cytomegalovirus. If you're interested, we suggest using Facebook to fundraise for the event! https://help.runsignup.com/support/solutions/articles/17000091661-how-to-create-a-facebook-fundraiser-from-your-existing-fundraising-page
WHAT IS CMV?
Congenital Cytomegalovirus (sy·toe·MEG·a·low·vy·rus), or CMV, is the most common viral infection, and the leading non-genetic cause of hearing loss, that infants are born with in the United States. Every pregnant woman is at risk of acquiring CMV. And only 9% of women know about it.
CMV is common, serious, and preventable.
CMV is a member of the herpes virus family. Coming into contact with the CMV virus is a common occurrence, typically harmless to the general population. A CMV infection causes cold-like symptoms, such as a sore throat, fever, fatigue, and swollen glands. These mild cytomegalovirus symptoms last for only a few short weeks and are rarely a cause for concern for healthy kids or adults.
The CMV virus can also cause severe disease in babies who were infected with CMV before birth (referred to as congenital CMV infection).
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), between 50 and 80 percent of people in the United States have had a CMV infection by the time they are 40 years old.
WHERE CAN I FIND OUT MORE ABOUT CMV?
We suggest visiting the National CMV Foundation's website for more information about all things CMV including signs & symptoms, prevention tips, screening, outcomes, and much more. https://www.nationalcmv.org
Please let us know if you have any questions at any time by reaching out via email, or messaging us directly, and thank you for your interest in the Strides 4 CMV virtual event! ❤️
At the National CMV Foundation, we work to inform and educate others on specific prevention measures to protect against the risk of CMV infection. Congenital CMV is the most common viral infection that infants are born with in the United States, occurring in about 1 in 200 births. Because CMV is a silent disease – meaning most people who are infected have no signs of symptoms (asymptomatic) – the mother is likely unaware she has CMV during her pregnancy. Find out more about the National CMV Foundation below.
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