Epidemiology of cytomegalovirus infection in pregnant women living in the Greater Romagna Area, Italy


Submitted: 4 February 2015
Accepted: 18 June 2015
Published: 18 December 2015
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  • Patrizia Billi Microbiology Unit, the Hub Laboratory of the Greater Romagna Area, Pievesestina di Cesena, Italy.
  • Mara Della Strada Microbiology Unit, the Hub Laboratory of the Greater Romagna Area, Pievesestina di Cesena, Italy.
  • Simona Semprini Microbiology Unit, the Hub Laboratory of the Greater Romagna Area, Pievesestina di Cesena, Italy.
  • Vittorio Sambri Microbiology Unit, the Hub Laboratory of the Greater Romagna Area, Pievesestina di Cesena, Italy.
Background. Aim of this study was to assess the incidence of Cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection in pregnant women living in Romagna area, in North East Italy to implement the best management of this infection.
Materials and Methods. In 2012, 23,727 serological tests for CMV IgG and IgM antibodies were performed in the Microbiology Unit, the Hub Laboratory of the Greater Romagna Area: 6931 were pregnant women.
Results and Conclusions. 179 subjects were positive for CMV IgM antibodies: 82 were not pregnant; 97 were IgM positive during pregnancy or in the course of a pre-conception evaluation. The detected incidence of the CMV infection in pregnancy (calculated at 1.40%) actually validates the literature data. This study’s findings clearly underline the usefulness of testing the CMV specific immune response in the pre-conception period or as early as possible during pregnancy.

Billi, P., Della Strada, M., Semprini, S., & Sambri, V. (2015). Epidemiology of cytomegalovirus infection in pregnant women living in the Greater Romagna Area, Italy. Microbiologia Medica, 30(2). https://doi.org/10.4081/mm.2015.5083

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