IMR Press / CEOG / Volume 47 / Issue 5 / DOI: 10.31083/j.ceog.2020.05.5373
Open Access Original Research
Seroprevalence of Dengue virus among pregnant mothers and their-newborn infants in the southwest of Saudi Arabia
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1 Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences, Faculty of Applied Medical Sciences, Najran University, Najran, 1988, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Clin. Exp. Obstet. Gynecol. 2020, 47(5), 741–743; https://doi.org/10.31083/j.ceog.2020.05.5373
Submitted: 15 September 2019 | Accepted: 7 November 2019 | Published: 15 October 2020
Abstract

Dengue virus (DENV) is one of the most serious arthropod-borne viruses. This study was performed to investigate the prevalence of the virus in Najran, a city in the south west of Saudi Arabia. Four hundred and ten paired maternal and umbilical serum samples were obtained from mothers and their newborn infants. The samples were tested for the presence of IgG antibodies by ELISA. Anti-DENV IgG antibodies were detected in 31 maternal samples (7.6%), while all newborn samples were negative. All maternal seropositive samples were negative when tested by PCR. These results are further indication that DENV is endemic in Saudi Arabia and enhanced DENV surveillance is necessary.

Keywords
Dengue
ELISA
PCR
Serum
Saudi Arabia
Pregnancy
Newborn infants
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