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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 15  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 72-74

Post-natally acquired cytomegalovirus infection in a pre-term infant

1 Department of Microbiology, Government Medical College, Kozhikode, Kerala, India
2 Department of Paediatrics, Government Medical College, Kozhikode, Kerala, India

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Shabina M Balakrishnan
Department of Microbiology, Government Medical College, Kozhikode, Kerala
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0972-1282.124593

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Cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection is the most common intra-uterine and peri-natal viral infection. CMV infections in neonates are acquired by aspiration of cervico-vaginal secretions during birth, through breast milk and from exposure to blood products. Most of the infections in neonates are asymptomatic. Pre-term infants tend to show higher susceptibility to peri-natal and post-natal infections. We report CMV infection in a pre-term low birth weight infant who presented with fever, and respiratory distress due to pneumonitis and was successfully treated with Ganciclovir.

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