The Well being 202: 1000’s of migrant youngsters are nonetheless in HHS custody

Cytomegalovirus, a virus in the herpes family that infects more than half of adults during their lifetime, is a leading cause of birth defects, although many pregnant women have never heard of it. It’s usually harmless, but people with weakened immune systems can get the disease, and pregnant women can transmit the virus to their fetuses. About 1 in 200 babies becomes infected with the virus in the womb. Most of these babies will not show any symptoms, but about 10 to 15 percent will have problems including premature birth, hearing loss, visual impairment, and developmental delays, writes Marlene Simons for The Post.

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