Neonatal Infectious Disease

Abstract

Manifestation of different infections in the newborn depends on the timing of infection (in utero, around delivery or after birth), the organism, the presence or absence of maternal immunity and the immune response of the infant.

Keywords: bacterial infections; viral infections; neonates; prematurity; mother‐to‐child transmission; immune respones

Figure 1.

Important factors influencing the risk of infection in the newborn, including maternal immunity, infant immune development and timing of exposure and transmission. GBS, β‐haemolytic streptococcus group B; HIV, human immunodeficiency virus; HTLV, human T lymphotropic virus.

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Menson, EN, and Lyall, EGH(Apr 2006) Neonatal Infectious Disease. In: eLS. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester. http://www.els.net [doi: 10.1038/npg.els.0004023]