Indian Journal of Microbiology Research


Seroprevalence of Chlamydia trachomatis in Healthy Pregnant Women of Puducherry


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Author Details: Selvaraj Stephen, Seetesh Ghose, Velmurugan Anitharaj, Jothimani Pradeep

Volume : 4

Issue : 3

Online ISSN : 2394-5478

Print ISSN : 2394-546X

Article First Page : 295

Article End Page : 297


Abstract

Introduction: So far, there has been no report of genital Chlamydia trachomatis prevalence in the pregnant women of Puducherry. The aim of our study is to determine the seroprevalence of C. trachomatis infection in healthy antenatal women attending Mahatma Gandhi Medical College & Research Institute, a tertiary care Teaching Hospital at Puducherry.
Materials & Method: We screened 266 healthy pregnant women in the first and second trimesters for anti-C. trachomatis IgG antibody by ELISA test.
Results: Only one out of 266 sera screened was positive for C. trachomatis IgG antibody (0.38%).
Conclusion: Seroprevalence of C. trachomatis in this part of southern India is very low. However, additional screening of more number of both asymptomatic and symptomatic pregnant women from different geographical locations in the union territory of Puducherry might give a clear picture.

Keywords:
C. trachomatis, Genital Chlamydiasis, IgG ELISA, Seroprevalence