Gynecology & Obstetrics

Gynecology & Obstetrics
Open Access

ISSN: 2161-0932

Mengistu Hailemariam

School of Medical Laboratory Sciences, College of Medicine and Health Sciences, Hawassa University, Hawassa, Ethiopia

  • Review Article   
    Congenital Cytomegalovirus Infections: (no) Focus on Africa: a Review
    Author(s): Mengistu Hailemariam*, Zeleke Mekonnen, Geert Claeys and Elizaveta Padalko

    Cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection during pregnancy is a major cause of congenital infection worldwide. Congenital CMV (cCMV) infection can result in significant morbidity, mortality, or long-term sequelae, including sensorineural hearing loss. Although the increase of awareness and international guidelines on the management of cCMV is observed across the developed country, data in Africa on rates of congenital and maternal CMV infection are rather scarce and scattered. Published data are compiled in this review indicating a high pooled prevalence of CMV IgG among pregnant women in Africa (87.4%, range of 72-100%) as well as pooled reported cCMV prevalence in the newborn (3.3 %.. View More»

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