Prevalence and determinants of congenital cytomegalovirus infection at a rural South African central hospital in the Eastern Cape

DOI: 10.1080/23120053.2018.1462560
Author(s): Donald TshabalalaDepartment of Paediatrics, South Africa, Howard NewmanNational Health Laboratory Service, Port Elizabeth, South Africa and Department of Pathology, Division of Medical Virology, South Africa, Charles BusingeDepartment of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, South Africa, Sikhumbuzo A MabundaDepartment of Public Health, South Africa, Waldette KempNational Health Laboratory Service, South Africa, Pakama BejaDepartment of Paediatrics, South Africa


Background: The Nelson Mandela Academic Hospital (NMAH) in Mthatha, Eastern Cape, is a rural central hospital, serving one of the poorest districts in South Africa. The prevalence of and risk factors for congenital cytomegalovirus (CMV) in this area are not known. The aim was to evaluate the prevalence of congenital CMV and associated risk factors for babies born at NMAH.

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