A new test to detect Toxoplasma gondii infection during pregnancy may help identify individuals at risk of the most serious adverse outcomes, according to a study funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). NIAID researchers developed the test, which can distinguish 2 strains of T gondii.
Mothers who develop acute T gondii infections during pregnancy are at increased risk for miscarriage or giving birth to infants with serious eye or brain damage. But screening for such infections in the United States is infrequent, according to the study's authors (McLeod R et al. Clin Infect Dis. doi: 10.1093/cid/cis258 [published online April 11, 2012]).
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