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K00346 Summary:

SPONSORRosenthal L
MLTSPNSRAngelino, Aubry, Brabenec, Buttenschon, Carroll, Cusick, DeStefano, Dickens, Durso, Galef, Giglio JA, Hawley, Lupardo, Manktelow, McDonald, Mikulin, Miller B, Morinello, Perry, Richardson, Salka, Tague, Thiele, Weinstein, Zinerman
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K00346 Text:

Assembly Resolution No. 346
BY: M. of A. Rosenthal L
        MEMORIALIZING Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim
        June 2021, as Cytomegalovirus Awareness Month in the
        State of New York
  WHEREAS,  The  State  of  New  York takes great pride in recognizing
serious diseases by proclaiming official months to increase awareness of
such concerns, which affect thousands of New Yorkers; and
  WHEREAS, It is the sense of this  Legislative  Body  to  memorialize
Governor  Andrew  M.  Cuomo  to  proclaim  June 2021, as Cytomegalovirus
Awareness Month in the State of New York; and
  WHEREAS, In 2011,  Congress  passed  a  resolution  naming  June  as
National  CMV  Awareness  Month;  CDC takes this opportunity to increase
awareness  of  congenital   cytomegalovirus   (CMV)   among   healthcare
providers, pregnant women, and parents; and
  WHEREAS,  CMV  is the most common viral infection transmitted from a
pregnant woman to her unborn child, and the leading non-genetic cause of
deafness in children; the majority of people who are infected  with  CMV
have  no signs or symptoms, and while there are no harmful side effects,
it can be devastating to a fetus; and
  WHEREAS, One in 200  children  are  born  with  congenital  CMV  and
roughly  1 in 5 of those babies will have long-term health problems such
as  hearing  loss,  microcephaly,  intellectual  deficits   and   vision
abnormalities; and
  WHEREAS,  Each  year,  400 children die from congenital CMV, in part
because the majority of infants are asymptomatic at birth; and
  WHEREAS, In adults, the CDC estimates over half of adults have  been
infected with CMV by age 40; and
  WHEREAS,  CMV  is also transmitted by contact with saliva and urine,
often from diaper-wearing children to adults; pregnant women  often  get
CMV  from their toddlers, especially toddlers in day care, as nearly one
in three children are infected by age five; and
  WHEREAS, It is difficult for mothers to protect  themselves  from  a
virus  carried  by  the  children  they care for, especially if they are
unaware of the virus itself; less than one in five  pregnant  women  are
aware of cytomegalovirus; and
  WHEREAS, Few women are warned about this infection, and according to
a  federal  survey,  less  than  half of obstetrician-gynecologists tell
pregnant patients how to avoid CMV; and
  WHEREAS, It is imperative that women are educated  about  the  virus
itself  and  simple preventative measures, such as not sharing food with
toddlers, and washing one's hands after changing  infants  and  toddlers
diapers; and
  WHEREAS,  A  test for CMV can be done immediately upon receiving the
results from the  newborn  infant  hearing  screening,  which  typically
occurs at a facility before a newborn is discharged; and
  WHEREAS,  Significantly,  infants who receive a timely diagnosis can
be given hearing aids or access to early-intervention programs  to  have
the  best  chance  of  learning  to  talk; recent evidence suggests that
routine screening of newborns could allow infected  infants  to  receive
consistent  monitoring and treatment if necessary, ultimately increasing
his or her chance of optimized developmental care; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its  deliberations  to
memorialize   Governor  Andrew  M.  Cuomo  to  proclaim  June  2021,  as
Cytomegalovirus Awareness Month in the State of  New  York;  and  be  it
  RESOLVED,  That  a  copy  of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be
transmitted to The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor of the  State  of
New York.
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