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Seen but not heard: congenital cytomegalovirus
  1. G Harrison1,
  2. A Waters2,
  3. C F De Gascun2,
  4. M Boyle1,
  5. S Knowles1,2,
  6. E J Molloy1,2,3,4
  1. 1Departments of Neonatology & Microbiology, National Maternity Hospital, Dublin, Ireland
  2. 2National Virus Reference Laboratory & UCD School of Medicine and Medical Sciences, University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
  3. 3Department of Paediatrics, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Ireland
  4. 4Department of Neonatology, Our Lady's Children's Hospital, Dublin, Ireland
  1. Correspondence to Ghia Shamsiya Kissoon Harrison, National Maternity Hospital, Department of Neonatology, Holles Street, Dublin, Dublin D2, Ireland; ghiakiss{at}

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In their important recent article, Townsend and colleagues conclude that the number of confirmed congenital cytomegalovirus (CMV) diagnoses is lower than expected.1 This is unsurprising as only 5%–10% of infected children are symptomatic at birth.2 However, a further 10%–15% of infected infants will develop long-term sequelae, despite being asymptomatic and therefore undiagnosed at birth.3 We report an Irish experience.

We calculated the incidence and reviewed the outcomes of symptomatic cCMV in babies born between …

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