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Seroprevalence of torch infections among complicated pregnancies in Atbara river Nile state - Sudan

MOJ Women's Health
Mohammed Ahmed Ibrahim Ahmed,1Hanaa Elzain Musaad,2Nahla Ahmed Mohammed Abdurrahman,3Wadei Mohammed Yasin,4Mosab Nouraldein Mohammed Hamad,5Nassreldeen Khalid Abdelrahman,6Emad Ibrahim Osman7


Objective: The aim of this study was to find the seroprevalence of TORCH infection among volunteered pregnant women and to find outthe correlation between TORCH infection and age, complicated pregnancies and education level.

Methods: A descriptive cross-sectional laboratory-based study carried out between March to June 2012 at Atbara River Nile State northern Sudan. The statistical descriptive determined in means of percentages. Chi-square used for trend analysis and calculates p-values.

Results: A total of (75) voluntary pregnant women, Age between 15-55 years. The most common age group was 26-35 years (37/75) 49%.Serological evidence of Toxoplasmosis were positive for (22/75) 29 %. All volunteered pregnant women were negative for other components of TORCH complex. Study showed non-significant correlation between age, education level and complicated pregnancies, P-value 0.13, 0.43 and 0.51 respectively.

Conclusion: Low prevalence of Toxoplasmosis and absent of serological evidence of other TORCH complex among volunteered pregnant women in Atbara hasbeen documented. Insignificant correlation between toxoplasmosis and age, education level as well as number of complicated pregnancies reported.This attributed, in part, to the small sample size and using screening tool as diagnostic modalities.


Torch, toxoplasmosis, atbara, sudan