An estimation of the incidence of toxoplasmosis infection during pregnancy. The experience in Hungary

E. Czeizel, Mary Jankó

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Abstract

The frequency of toxoplasmosis infection, prevalence, was determined by Frenkel cutan test in 942 nonpregnant women of different ages in Budapest. Knowing prevalence, age-specific incidence of infections was calculated. The probability of age specific toxoplasmosis infections and that of toxoplasmosis infections occurring in all pregnancies could be estimated from age-specific birth rates. This estimation suggests that about 7.7 per mille of pregnant women might have been infected with T. gondii in the dangerous period (between the fourth and ninth months) of pregnancy. Data in the literature show that the development of an injury of the fetus or an inflammatory disease can be expected to develop in 25 per cent of these women. Thus, about 286 newborn infants with congenital toxoplasmosis might have been born in Hungary in 1967. This affected 20 per mille of pregnant women.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)776-779
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Volume106
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1 1970

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)
  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology

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