Volume 97, Issue 1
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645



primary infection in pregnancy is associated with poor obstetric outcomes. This study aimed to determine the seroprevalence of infection in pregnant migrant and refugee women from Myanmar attending antenatal care in Thailand. A random selection of 199 residual blood samples from first antenatal screen in 2014–2015 was tested for IgG and IgM antibodies. Seroprevalence of infection was 31.7% (95% confidence interval = 25.6–38.4). Avidity testing in the three positive IgM cases indicated all were past infections. Multiparity (≥ 3 children) was significantly associated with higher seropositivity rates. Seroprevalence of infection in this pregnant population is similar to the only other report from Myanmar, where multiparity was also identified as a significant association. infection is important in pregnant women. Nevertheless, in this marginalized population, this infection may be given less priority, due to resource constraints in providing the most basic components of safe motherhood programs.

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  • Received : 19 Dec 2016
  • Accepted : 19 Feb 2017
  • Published online : 17 Apr 2017

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