Journal Article

Interval between Births and Risk of Congenital Cytomegalovirus Infection

Karen B. Fowler, Sergio Stagno and Robert F. Pass

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 38, issue 7, pages 1035-1037
Published in print April 2004 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online April 2004 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/382533
Interval between Births and Risk of Congenital Cytomegalovirus Infection

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To examine the effect of the interval between maternal cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection and conception on the risk of congenital CMV infection, the congenital CMV infection rate was evaluated relative to the intervals between deliveries in young women. Among mothers who seroconverted between deliveries, the rate of congenital CMV infection among their offspring was highest when the delivery interval was ⩽24 months. However, the risk of transmission remained elevated for women with delivery intervals of 25–48 months and for those with delivery intervals >48 months apart.

Journal Article.  2175 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Infectious Diseases ; Immunology ; Public Health and Epidemiology ; Microbiology

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