Congenital CMV screening

House Bill 81, passed by the Utah legislature in 2013, was created to raise public awareness and provide education re: the prevention of congenital CMV infection to reduce the disability associated with hearing loss due to congenital cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection. This bill requires (1) that infants who fail the first newborn hearing screen undergo follow-up hearing screening before 2 weeks of age, and (2) that infants who do not pass follow-up screening be tested for congenital CMV before 21 days of age. Effective date July 1, 2013.

ARUP offers two testing options to meet the newborn CMV screening requirement:

Saliva (recommended)

Test Name Cytomegalovirus by Qualitative PCR, Saliva
Test Code 2008555
Specimen Required Collect and submit saliva in ORACollect OC-100 kit (ARUP supply #49295)
Stability Ambient: 7 days; Refrigerated: 7 days; Frozen: 3 months
Reported 1–3 days


Test Name Cytomegalovirus by PCR
Test Code 0060040
Mnemonic CMVPCR
Specimen Required Collect and submit 1 mL of urine in a sterile container
Stability Ambient; 8 hrs; Refrigerated: 72 hrs; Frozen: 3 months
Reported 1–3 days