Maternal Effects of Respiratory Syncytial Virus Infection during Pregnancy

Emerg Infect Dis. 2015 Nov;21(11):1951-5. doi: 10.3201/eid2111.150497.


Given the illness and deaths caused by respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infection during the first year of life, preventing infant RSV infections through maternal vaccination is intriguing. However, little is known about the extent and maternal effects of RSV infection during pregnancy. We describe 3 cases of maternal RSV infection diagnosed at a US center during winter 2014. Case-patient 1 (26 years old, week 33 of gestation) received a diagnosis of RSV infection and required mechanical ventilation. Case-patient 2 (27 years old, week 34 of gestation) received a diagnosis of infection with influenza A(H1N1) virus and RSV and required mechanical ventilation. Case-patient 3 (21 years old, week 32 of gestation) received a diagnosis of group A streptococcus pharyngitis and RSV infection and was monitored as an outpatient. Clarifying the effects of maternal RSV infection could yield valuable insights into potential maternal and fetal benefits of an effective RSV vaccination program.

Keywords: RSV; infection; maternal; pregnancy; respiratory syncytial virus; viruses.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Maternal Health*
  • Pregnancy
  • Respiratory Syncytial Virus Infections / prevention & control
  • Respiratory Syncytial Virus, Human / pathogenicity*
  • Respiratory Tract Infections / complications
  • Respiratory Tract Infections / virology*
  • Vaccination