Screening programme for congenital toxoplasmosis in France

Scand J Infect Dis Suppl. 1992;84:43-5.


The high prevalence of Toxoplasma gondii infection in France led to the establishment of a national screening programme. Preventive measures were progressively introduced, and these became compulsory in 1978 with the result that the incidence of congenital toxoplasmosis is now markedly reduced. Further improvements may include more systematic sampling from women before pregnancy, better and adequate health education and centralized notification of both maternal and congenital cases of toxoplasmosis.

MeSH terms

  • Antibodies, Protozoan / blood
  • Female
  • France
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Mass Screening / methods*
  • National Health Programs
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy Complications, Parasitic / diagnosis
  • Toxoplasmosis / diagnosis*
  • Toxoplasmosis, Congenital / prevention & control*


  • Antibodies, Protozoan