Congenital infection

Last updated: Wednesday, 24, November, 2010
Key InformationAppropriate Tests

Placental transmission

Serology as appropriate, on maternal and neonatal serum (including specific IgM in neonate’s serum).

See also Antenatal screening.

Neonatal blood culture, CSF examination, as appropriate.

Ascending infection

Genital (vaginal) swab from mother - microscopy and culture.

Ear swab and gastric aspirate from neonate - microscopy and culture.

  • Group B streptococcus
  • Escherichia coli

Peripartum infection

  • Herpes simplex infection

See Herpes simplex infection.

  • Varicella zoster infection

See Varicella zoster infection.