Possible role of TORCH agents in congenital malformations in Gorgan, northern Islamic Republic of Iran
AbstractThis descriptive, cross-sectional study was carried out to explore the frequency of contamination with TORCH agents in neonates with congenital malformations in a referral centre in Gorgan city, Islamic Republic of Iran. Blood samples were taken from 64 neonates and their mothers over a 20-month period in 2003-04. Serologic tests showed that 4/64 infants born with congenital malformations [6%] had positive IgM antibody titres for Toxoplasma gondii [2 cases], rubella virus [1 case] and cytomegalovirus [1 case]. IgM was positive in 9/63 mothers [14%], also for T. gondii [3 cases], rubella virus [3 cases] and cytomegalovirus [3 cases]. No cases of herpes simplex virus type II or Treponema pallidum were found
Golalipour, M.J., Khodabakhshi, B. & Ghaemi, E. (2009). Possible role of TORCH agents in congenital malformations in Gorgan, northern Islamic Republic of Iran. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/117643
EMHJ - Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal, 15 (2), 330-336, 2009
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