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Original Research Articles                      Volume : 9, Issue:7, July, 2020

PRINT ISSN : 2319-7692
Online ISSN : 2319-7706
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Editor-in-chief: Dr.M.Prakash
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Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci.2020.9(7): 894-900

Screening for Chlamydia Trachomatis Infection among Pregnant Women in a Tertiary Care Hospital
C. Anitha*, S. Senthamarai and S. Sivasankari
Department of Microbiology, Meenakshi Medical College Hospital and Research Institute, Enathur, Kanchipuram-631552, India
*Corresponding author

To determine the prevalence of Chlamydia trachomatis urogenital infection and to identify behavioral, demographic, and clinical factors associated with the infection in pregnant women’s. One-hundred-eleven patients 15-39 years old, at 10-16 weeks of gestation and attending the prenatal clinic at our hospital, were tested for Chlamydia trachomatis infection by using ELISA IgM to screen all the young women with PID, Infertility for Chlamydial infections.50 negative groups were included in the study. In this cohort, out of 111 patients 76 (68.5%) pregnant women were found positive for IgM antibodies. The cut off value for ELISA test is 0.558.Pregnant women’s within the age of 20-35 were taken positive if the value is 0.558 and 0.999 with less than >1.000 were low positive. So out of 76 positive patients 48 (43.24%) were low positive by ELISA IgM and 28 (25.22%) were in the high positive category in the age group 25-32 years. Statistical significance was observed when high positive and negative groups were compared. High positivity was observed mostly in the first trimester of the pregnancy. None of the factors associated with chlamydial infection was sensitive enough to permit efficient selective screening. It is cost effective to recommend a routine screening for chlamydial infection together with an educational program. We stress the importance of large-scale screening of pregnant women for C. trachomatis infection, particularly in developing countries where sophisticated techniques for collection/diagnosis are as yet unavailable.

Keywords: Infection, ELISA, technique

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Anitha, C., S. Senthamarai and Sivasankari, S. 2020. Screening for Chlamydia trachomatis Infection among Pregnant Women in a Tertiary Care Hospital.Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci. 9(7): 894-900. doi:
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