Overview of congenital infections: The prominence of cytomegalovirus

Joseph B. Cantey, Pablo J. Sánchez

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)426-431
Number of pages6
JournalInfectious Disorders - Drug Targets
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • CMV
  • Congenital infection
  • Cytomegalovirus
  • HIV
  • Rubella
  • Syphilis
  • Toxoplasmosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Pharmacology


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