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CT scan of the same infant several days later with congenital toxoplasmosis. Note the rapid progress with massive loss of brain parenchyma and multiple scattered areas of calcification. Peripheral white blood count was remarkable for 96 eosinophils. There were numerous eosinophils in the cerebrospinal fluid. In toxoplasmosis, anemia, thrombocytopenia, and at times severe leukopenia may be present. The cerebrospinal fluid is xanthochromic, has an elevated protein level, and may...

Perinatal Infection

Cocci Lesions

The immediate and long-term effects of perinatal infection are a major problem throughout the world. Perinatal infection is relatively common among the over 4 million births per year in the United States but the incidence is dependent upon the organism. One percent of newborn infants excrete cytomegalovirus. Fifteen percent are infected with Chlamydia trachomatis one-third develop conjunctivitis and one-sixth, pneumonia. One to eight per 1,000 live births develop bacterial sepsis. In utero or...