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Infections That May Cause Miscarriage

There is no bacterial or viral infection that is a proven cause of miscarriage. But there are a number of infections that have been linked to miscarriage, including:1

  • Listeria monocytogenes, commonly found in soil, dust, water, sewage, unpasteurized cheeses (such as Brie, mozzarella, queso fresco, and blue cheese), and uncooked vegetables.
  • Toxoplasmosis.
  • Rubella.
  • Herpes simplex.
  • Cytomegalovirus.

Citations

  1. Speroff L, Fritz MA (2005). Recurrent early pregnancy loss. In Clinical Gynecologic Endocrinology and Infertility, 7th ed., pp. 1069-1101. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins.

By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Femi Olatunbosun, MB, FRCSC - Obstetrics and Gynecology
Last Revised April 18, 2011

WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

Last Updated: April 18, 2011
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.

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