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Congenital cytomegalovirus (cCMV) affects 0.3% of all babies born in the UK and accounts for 20% of all childhood sensorineural hearing loss.1 Samples need to be taken in the first 3 weeks of life to confirm congenital infection. Treatment using oral valganciclovir has been shown in a recent randomised controlled trial to prevent hearing deterioration and improve neurocognitive outcomes when started in the first month of life.2 In the absence of a screening programme, the great majority of affected infants are detected in early childhood when no randomised studies have yet shown treatment to be effective. A multicentre cohort study showed that testing for cCMV in …
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