Thursday, May 15, 2008

Tracking a Virus

Doctors at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte are planning to use a $1 million grant to study a virus that leads to hearing lose in one-out-of-10 people who contract it. More than eight-out-of-10 adults will get that virus by the time they are 40-years-old. The infection is called congenital Cytomegalovirus or CMV and is often spread to the child by the mother during pregnancy. There’s currently no treatment for it. The goal of the study will be to track the infection in newborns and follow them with hearing tests for three years.