If this article sounds similar to a recent experience that you or a loved one have suffered from, please don't hesitate to contact us online or call 859-578-4444 to schedule a free consultation!\r\n\r\nCerebral Palsy can be Caused by a Maternal Infection\r\nWhile a fever may usually be just an annoyance, a fever during pregnancy can be a warning sign of a serious infection. Doctors must pay special attention when treating a feverish pregnant woman to protect the unborn baby. Researchers have found that bacterial and viral infections can travel from the mother, through the placenta, and trigger brain damage that can lead to\u00a0cerebral palsy.\r\nAccording to prominent researchers at the Mayo Clinic, the following maternal infections (among others) can lead to cerebral palsy in an infant:\r\n\r\n \tCytomegalovirus (CMV)\u00a0\u2013 Most Americans (up to 80%) have been infected with CMV, a virus causes flu-like symptoms, which may come and go throughout their lives. Pregnant women who experience a bout of CMV risk causing\u00a0birth defects, such as cerebral palsy.\r\n \tToxoplasmosis\u00a0\u2013 A common parasite that can be caused by organisms in cat feces and in soil. Toxoplasmosis can cause flu-like symptoms in pregnant women or those with weakened immune systems, and can cause birth defects.\r\n \tVaricella (chickenpox)\u00a0\u2013 Although most Americans have a mild case of chickenpox as children, the virus can resurface later in life as painful blisters called shingles. Maternal chickenpox or shingles during pregnancy can seriously threaten the baby\u2019s health. Chickenpox can now be prevented by a vaccine.\r\n \tRubella (German measles)\u00a0\u2013 Also known as the \u201cthree day measles\u201d, rubella is generally prevented by the standard measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine.\r\n \tSyphilis\u00a0\u2013 This sexually transmitted bacterial infection, when untreated, can be passed on to babies during pregnancy and birth.\r\n\r\nMany maternal infections can be prevented or treated\r\nThe good news is that most of these infections can be prevented by vaccines, or treated with antibiotics and proper medical care. However, infections must be caught and treated quickly.\r\nHuman error or a doctor\u2019s negligence can lead to cerebral palsy. If these infections go untreated, they can cause irreversible harm to a mother and a child. If a child develops cerebral palsy after a maternal infection, the mother\u2019s doctor could be at fault for medical negligence. If you think your child\u2019s cerebral palsy could be traced back to a poorly treated maternal infection, contact a\u00a0Kentucky birth injury lawyer\u00a0at the Law Office of Schachter, Hendy & Johnson at (859) 578-4444 or (888) 606-5297 for legal advice.