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      Non-malarial infectious diseases of antenatal care in pregnant women in Franceville, Gabon

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          In sub-tropical countries, infectious diseases remain one of the main causes of mortality. Because of their lack of active immunity, pregnant women and their unborn children represent the most susceptible people. In Gabon, data on infectious diseases of pregnant women such as syphilis and rubella are either scarce or very old. Few studies have assessed T. gondii infection during pregnancy in the country. Here, we evaluate seroprevalence of HIV, HTVL-1, syphilis and T. gondii and rubella infection during antenatal care among women living in Franceville, Gabon.


          A retrospective study was conducted on data collected from May 2007 to July 2010. After signing an informed written consent form, all pregnant women consulting in two hospitals of Franceville (Gabon) and in offices of maternity and childbirth health centers were included. Demographic and clinical data were collected. Serum samples were collected and analysed using immunological assays relevant for HIV (Genscreen HIV-1 version 2, Bio-Rad®, Marne la Roquette, France).HTLV-1 (Vironostika HTLV-1, Biomérieux®, Marcy l’Etoile, France), T. pallidum (TPHA/VDRL), BIOLABO®SA), rubella virus (Vidas Biomerieux®, Marcy l’Etoile, France) and T. gondii (Vidas Biomerieux®, Marcy l’Etoile, France) diagnoses were performed. Data analysis was done using the Stat view 5.0 software.


          A total of 973 pregnant women were assessed. The mean age was 25.84 ± 6.9 years, with a minimum age of 14.0 years and a maximum of 45.0 years. Women from 26 to 45 years old and unemployed women were the most prevalent: 41.93% and 77.18%, respectively. The prevalence of studied infectious diseases were 2.50% for syphilis, 2.88% for HTLV-1, 4.00% for HIV with no significant difference between them ( p = 0.1). Seropositivity against rubella was higher (87.56%, n = 852) than seropositivity against T. gondii (57.35%, n = 557), ( p < 0.0001). Only 5 (0.51%) co-infection cases were found: 2 co-infected with HIVand T. pallidum, 2 co-infected with HIV and HTLV-1, and one co-infected with T. pallidum and HTLV-1. Sixty-two pregnant women were seronegative against toxoplasmosis and rubella (6.37%).


          High levels of seropositivity against T. gondii and the rubella virus were observed. The prevalence of T. pallidum and HTLV-1 were lowest but HIV prevalence in young women was worrying.

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                BMC Pregnancy Childbirth
                BMC Pregnancy Childbirth
                BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
                BioMed Central (London )
                12 June 2017
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                [1 ]ISNI 0000 0004 1808 058X, GRID grid.418115.8, Unite de Parasitologie Medicale (UPARAM), , Centre International de Recherches Medicales de Franceville (CIRMF), ; BP 769 Franceville, Gabon
                [2 ]Departement de Parasitologie-Mycologie Medecine Tropicale, Faculte de Medecine, Universite des Sciences de la Sante, BP 4009 Libreville, Gabon
                [3 ]Departement de Sante Publique et de Medecine Legale et du Travail, Faculte de Medecine, Universite des Sciences de la Sante, B P 4009 Libreville, Gabon
                [4 ]ISNI 0000 0001 2353 6535, GRID grid.428999.7, Unite d’Epidemiologie et Physiopathologie des Virus Oncogenes, , Institut Pasteur, ; Paris, France
                [5 ]GRID grid.418512.b, , Institut Pasteur de Bangui, ; Bangui, République Centrafricaine
                [6 ]Departement de Biologie Cellulaire et Moleculaire Universite des Sciences de la Sante, B P 4009 Libreville, Gabon
                [7 ]ISNI 0000 0004 1808 058X, GRID grid.418115.8, , Present address:UPARAM, CIRMF, ; B P 769 Franceville, Gabon
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