All infants treated with antiviral medication for symptomatic congenital (diagnosis <3 weeks) and probably postnatal (>3 weeks) cytomegalovirus infection were characterized with the help of a survey covering all German Pediatric hospitals between 2012 and 2013. We found that >50% of infants treated for cytomegalovirus were classified as probably postnatal cytomegalovirus infection, which was associated with preterm birth and underlying diseases of the immune system, heart or lung.
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From the *Department of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, Medical Center – University of Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany; †Department of Neonatology, University Children’s Hospital Tuebingen, 72076 Tuebingen, Germany; and ‡Center for Chronic Immunodeficiency, Medical Center – University of Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany.
Accepted for publication July 21, 2016.
C.S. and P.H. contributed equally to this study.
Supported by a grant from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Grant 01EO0803 to P.H.).
The authors have no conflicts of interest to disclose.
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