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A well-established newborn screening programme for congenital toxoplasmosis has been reported in a European country with low prevalence1; however, this programme has also been implemented in countries with lower income but with a higher percentage of newborn infected children. We conducted a study in 11 public health community hospitals in the Department of Quindio, excluding the capital (Armenia), in Columbia; about 4560 children are delivered in these hospitals annually. Infants born from August 2003 to December 2003 were enrolled in the study. Informed consent was obtained from mothers during sampling and results were reported in accordance with the resolution 008430 of 1993 of the Ministry of Public Health concerning medical research in …
Funding: This study was financed by a grant from the Instituto Seccional de Salud del Quindio and by donations of the Platelia Toxo IgM assay kits by the Bio-Rad representative in Colombia. We thank Carolina Gallego for helping with western blot assays.
Competing interests: None.
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