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10 - 07 - 2017

Cytomegalovirus: protecting mother and child

Cytomegaloviruses (CMV) are herpes viruses most often without consequence. But a primary infection in pregnant women can create a risk of abortion or serious neurological impairment of the foetus. There is no vaccine and enhanced hygiene is the only protection.

A study of a seronegative female macaque infection model showed that effective anti-CMV antibodies prevented abortions and avoided transmission of the virus to the foetus. This is important information that reassures about the efficacy of a possible vaccine that has yet to be developed.