Rubella infection: the Indian scene.
ew studies have probed the problem of rubella in India. These few investigated seroepidemiology in female populations, carried out serosurveillance of pregnant women, and assessed the role of prenatal rubella in the causation of congenital malformations. Seroepidemiologic surveys showed that greater than 80% of women of childbearing age (15-34 years) in three cities of northern India had rubella antibodies, as detected by the hemagglutination-inhibition (HAI) test, whereas only 56.8% of such women in Calcutta in eastern India had rubella antibodies. No studies have been done in other areas of India. Serosurveillance of pregnant women in Delhi showed that none of the 47 pregnant women lacking rubella HAI antibodies delivered congenitally malformed babies, although six women seroconverted during pregnancy. However, in Lucknow one of the 62 pregnant seronegative women delivered a baby with expanded congenital rubella syndrome after having had a clinically inapparent infection at 16-18 weeks of gestation. In addition, retrospective studies of infants with congenital malformations do suggest that prenatal rubella often was responsible for their condition.

India’s measles-rubella vaccination campaign a big step towards reducing childhood mortality, addressing birth defects

By Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, WHO Regional Director for South-East Asia

World Health Organization congratulates India for launching one of the world’s largest vaccination campaign against measles, a major childhood killer disease, and congenital rubella syndrome (CRS), responsible for irreversible birth defects.

The campaign launched today to vaccinate more than 35 million children in the age group of nine months to 15 years with MR (measles and rubella) vaccine, once again demonstrates India’s commitment to improve health and well-being of its people by protecting children against vaccine preventable diseases.

The first phase of the campaign is significant as it is expected to accelerate the country’s efforts to eliminate measles which affects an estimated 2.5 million children every year, killing nearly 49 000 of them. The campaign also marks the introduction of rubella vaccine in India’s childhood immunization programme to address CRS which causes birth defects such as irreversible deafness and blindness in nearly 40 000 children every year.

We plan to do einterviews with MBBS doctors to understand 4 things
1) Tests or questions you ask in first few meetings
2) What it means in medical terms
3) What it means in non medical terms
4) What should the patient or care takers do

We might interview Aurvedic doctors, homeopathic doctors, Yoga teachers on this health issue

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What is Rubella?

Rubella Virus (German Measles)

Rubella Vaccine and Pregnancy - Dr. Hema Divakar
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