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Cytomegalovirus (CMV)
CMV may be passed from a mother to her baby during pregnancy and is the most common congenital viral infection.
Group B Streptococcus
You’ve probably never heard of group B streptococcus. That’s because you didn’t need to before you were pregnant. This bacterium generally doesn’t cause problems for healthy nonpregnant women. But it can cause illness in pregnant women and their babies. Here’s what you need to know.
Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS)/Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
HIV can be passed to a child when he or she is in the mother's womb or as the infant passes through the birth canal. The virus has also been detected in breast milk.
Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV)
RSV is the most common cause of bronchiolitis—inflammation of the lower airways—and pneumonia in babies.
Sepsis
Sepsis is a term for severe infection that spreads throughout the body. Sepsis in a newborn is more likely to develop when the mother has had pregnancy complications that increase the likelihood of infection.
Thrush
Thrush is a yeast infection in the mouth and throat of babies. Babies usually contract the organism from the mother's body during delivery and may develop thrush as early as 2 weeks old.
Fever in A Newborn
Detailed information on fevers in children