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Volume 26, Number 2—February 2020

Ocular Spiroplasma ixodetis in Newborns, France

Alexandre MatetComments to Author , Anne Le Flèche-Matéos, François Doz, Pascal Dureau, and Nathalie Cassoux
Author affiliations: Institut Curie and Université Paris Descartes, Paris, France (A. Matet, F. Doz, N. Cassoux); Institut Pasteur, ​Paris (A. Le Flèche-Matéos); Fondation Ophtalmologique Adolphe de Rothschild, Paris (P. Dureau)

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Characteristics of 3 newborns with cataract and anterior uveitis* and 5 controls with congenital cataracts without signs of intraocular infection, France†

ID no. Sex Date of diagnosis Age at diagnosis/lens extraction, mo Affected eye Clinical ocular findings Region of residence (environment) Travel during pregnancy Crystalline lens sample volume, μL Bacterial 16S-rRNA PCR, % homology to S. ixodetis
1 F 2014 Jan 1/2 Both Cataract + anterior uveitis Hauts-de-France, France (rural area, adjacent to Saint-Gobain Forest) No 200 98.7
2 M 2018 Jan 0/3 Both Cataract + anterior uveitis Centre-Val de Loire, France (rural area, adjacent to Loire-Anjou-Touraine Regional Forest) No 150 98.6
2019 Jan
Cataract + anterior uveitis
Ile-de-France, France (Paris suburban area)
1 F 2018 Feb 4/5 Right Cataract NA NA 50 Negative
2 M 2018 Apr 4/5 Right Cataract + nystagmus NA NA 10 Negative
3 M 2018 Apr 4/5 Left Cataract + nystagmus NA NA 200 Negative
4 F 2018 Feb 1/2 Left Cataract NA NA 100 Negative
5 F 2018 Mar 0/3 Left Cataract NA NA 50 Negative

*Positive for Spiroplasma ixodetis in crystalline lens material by bacterial 16S-rRNA PCR.
†For all case-patients and controls, pregnancy was normal and delivery was uneventful. NA, not applicable.

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