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Infectious Diseases in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Volume 5 (1997), Issue 2, Pages 165-175

Prevention of Infection in Pregnancy

1Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Cornell University Medical College, New York, NY, USA
2Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center, 525 East 68th Street, J-130, New York 10021, NY, USA

Received 1 October 1997; Accepted 21 October 1997

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We believe the prevention of infection-related adverse pregnancy outcome is the most important focus for obstetricians today. An emphasis upon immunization of susceptible women, prevention of transmissible disease by modification of patient behavior, and identification and treatment of silent infections should become standards of practice. This will require educational initiatives for physicians and their patients as well as continued clinical trials to determine costs and effectiveness.