Infection in Pregnancy and the Neonatal Period

  • Robert G. Masterton


World Health Organization (WHO) data indicate that approximately 5 million neonates die each year and that 98% of these deaths occur in developing countries (WHO 1996). Although, particularly in the developed world, deaths in children under five years of age have declined over the last quarter century, the number of deaths in the neonatal period has changed little, especially in some of the world’s poorest countries. Information from such centres document neonatal mortality rates of up to 63 and 89 per 1000 live births, from hospital and community studies respectively, with infection causing as many as 85% of these deaths (Stoll 1997). This compares starkly with information from developed countries. The United Kingdom Confidential Enquiry into Stillbirths and Deaths in Infancy investigates fetal deaths from 20 weeks gestation and deaths in the first year of life.


Preterm Birth Bacterial Vaginosis Genital Herpes Ureaplasma Urealyticum Congenital Toxoplasmosis 
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