Performance of the Alethia CMV Assay for Detection of Cytomegalovirus by Use of Neonatal Saliva Swabs Academic Article uri icon

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  • Congenital cytomegalovirus (cCMV) infection is a major cause of childhood hearing loss and neurodevelopmental delay. Identification of newborns with cCMV infection allows provision of beneficial interventions. However, most infants with cCMV infection have subclinical infection and go undiagnosed. Thus, expanded neonatal CMV testing is increasingly recommended. Saliva is an attractive sample type for CMV testing of newborns, because it is easier to collect than urine and more sensitive for CMV detection than dried blood spots.


  • Gantt, Soren
  • Goldfarb, David
  • Park, Albert
  • Rawlinson, William
  • Boppana, Suresh B
  • Lazzarotto, Tiziana
  • Mertz, Lawrence M

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  • March 25, 2020