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J Pediatr (Rio J). 2008 Nov-Dec;84(6):556-9.doi:10.2223/JPED.1826. Epub 2008 Oct 23.

Case report: vertical dengue infection.

[Article in English, Portuguese]

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Instituto Fernandes Figueira, Fundação Oswaldo Cruz (Fiocruz), Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To report a case of vertical dengue infection in a newborn from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and to review the literature concerning this problem.

DESCRIPTION:

We report a case of vertical dengue infection. Female neonate, birth weight 3,940 g, term, was admitted to a neonatal intensive care unit on the fifth day of life with fever and erythematous rash. Her mother had had dengue fever 3 days before delivery. Her platelet count was 38,000, dropping to 15,000. She did not have any hemorrhagic episodes, including cerebral hemorrhages. Anti-dengue antibodies (IgM) were positive in the mother and infant. Dengue type 2 was detected in the infant using polymerase chain reaction.

COMMENTS:

This report emphasizes that pediatricians should be aware of the possibility of vertical dengue infection so that early management can be instituted.

PMID:
18949127
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doi:10.2223/JPED.1826
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