antenatal screening programme
Cytomegalovirus is a common virus which can causes mild flu-like symptoms. It is more serious if a woman catches it for the first time while she is pregnant as she may pass the virus on to her baby. The vast majority of infected babies have no signs of being unwell at birth.
Read more about cytomegalovirus on the NHS website.
UK NSC screening recommendation
Screening is not recommended because:
- more evidence is needed to show if testing babies’ saliva would be a suitable screening test
- it is not known which babies will experience no symptoms and which ones will develop long-term health problems
- it is likely that screening will find a larger number of babies with the infection who will not have problems from it than those who will
- currently, it is not clear what is the best way of treating children who do not have symptoms
Supporting documents from the 2017 review
Evidence summary Cytomegalovirus (2017)
This document provides the evidence on which the current UK NSC recommendation is based.
UK NSC Coversheet & consultation responses Cytomegalovirus (2017)
This document summarises the review process including the public consultation comments.
Date previous review completed: 2017
Next review estimated to be completed: 2021 to 2022.
To see previous evidence reviews, visit the UK NSC archive.
Organisations interested in Cytomegalovirus
These organisations have expressed interest in this recommendation and may submit responses to evidence reviews.
List of organisations
- Faculty of Public Health
- Royal College of General Practitioners
- Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
- Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
- Royal College of Physicians
- Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow
- Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
- The British Association of Audiovestibular Physicians