Lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus: Emerging fetal teratogen

Leslie L. Barton*, Marilyn B. Mets, Cynthia L. Beauchamp

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Lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus (LCMV), a rodent-borne arenavirus, is an often undiagnosed human fetal teratogen. We describe a neonate born with hydrocephalus and chorioretinitis after maternal second-trimester symptomatic LCMV infection. Previously reported affected infants are reviewed. We strongly suggest that obstetricians counsel their pregnant patients regarding the potential hazard that contact with infected pet, laboratory, and household mice and hamsters poses to pregnant women and their unborn children.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1715-1716
Number of pages2
JournalAmerican journal of obstetrics and gynecology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1 2002


  • Congenital infection
  • Fetal teratogen
  • Lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus
  • Zoonosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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