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Congenital rubella syndrome in a child born to Liberian refugees: clinical and public health perspectives.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
Clinical pediatrics
Publication Date
Volume
46
Issue
4
Pages
349–355
Identifiers
PMID: 17475995
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

We describe a case of congenital rubella syndrome with typical stigmata in an infant born in New Hampshire to Liberian refugees. The infant's clinical specimens were tested for rubella. Rubella immunity status was sought for contacts. The infant's specimen cultures grew wild-type rubella virus; serum immunoglobulin M and G were positive. Eighteen of 20 contacts were rubella-immune. Family's transit history, mother's vaccination history, and infant's estimated gestational age supported congenital infection acquired overseas. Clinicians should maintain vigilance for congenital rubella syndrome in infants with relevant stigmata, particularly those whose mothers are from countries with nonexistent or recently implemented rubella vaccination programs.

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