Overview of Congenital Infections: The Prominence of Cytomegalovirus

Author(s): Joseph B. Cantey, Pablo J. Sanchez

Journal Name: Infectious Disorders - Drug Targets
Formerly Current Drug Targets - Infectious Disorders

Volume 11 , Issue 5 , 2011

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Congenital infections are those that are acquired transplacentally by the fetus from an infected mother. They constitute a major public health burden, affecting millions of infants and children worldwide. Despite significant advances in medical diagnostics, the majority of newborns with congenital infections are not recognized, since many of these infections may not cause clinically - apparent disease in the newborn period. Nonetheless, these infections - whether they are apparent or silent - have the potential to adversely impact the neurodevelopmental outcomes of these vulnerable children.

Keywords: Cytomegalovirus, CMV, congenital infection, HIV, rubella, syphilis, toxoplasmosis, congenital syphilis, herpes simplex virus (HSV), Lyme disease, valganciclovir, Screening, newborns, Obstetricians

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Year: 2011
Page: [426 - 431]
Pages: 6
DOI: 10.2174/187152611797636677
Price: $65

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