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Should obstetricians working in non-endemic countries care about emerging tropical diseases? A review
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  • Susanna Giachè,
  • Giulia Modi,
  • Beatrice Borchi,
  • Irene Campolmi,
  • Michele Trotta,
  • Mariarosaria Di Tommaso,
  • Viola Seravalli,
  • Alessandro Bartoloni,
  • Lorenzo Zammarchi
Susanna Giachè
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Giulia Modi
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Beatrice Borchi
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Irene Campolmi
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Michele Trotta
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Mariarosaria Di Tommaso
Careggi Hospital University of Florence
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Viola Seravalli
University of Florence
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Alessandro Bartoloni
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Lorenzo Zammarchi
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Abstract

Due to migration and travels, obstetricians are increasingly faced with a globalized setting and should adapt their daily clinical approach to the modifications of tropical infections epidemiology. This paper is focused on five emerging infectious diseases, namely Chagas disease, HTLV-1 infection, malaria, schistosomiasis and Zika virus infection, having a high prevalence in migrant populations and which can affect international travelers. These diseases frequently pass unrecognized since they are characterized by few symptoms during pregnancy, however they may cause a relevant maternal, fetal and neonatal impact. Specific diagnostic and treatment options are available but are rarely used during routine obstetrical practice.

Peer review status:Published

Feb 2021Published in European Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Reproductive Biology volume 257 on pages 25-34. 10.1016/j.ejogrb.2020.11.066