PMID: 5921475Dec 3, 1966

Rubella virus infections during pregnancy, Toronto, 1963-66

Canadian Medical Association Journal


Among 670 pregnant women who attended the antenatal clinics of two Toronto city hospitals and one suburban hospital between May 1963 and January 1966, 29 of 550 patients apparently acquired rubella neutralizing antibodies, including 12 whose initial sera were collected during the first trimester. None developed overt rubella. Although rubella antibodies were detected in 61 to 79% of mothers aged 20 years or more, and antibody conversions were detected in 4 to 10% of mothers in each five-year age group between 16 and 39 years, tho rubella syndrome did not appear among any of their offspring. Five of seven other infants, aged 4 to 22 weeks, with the rubella syndrome excreted rubella virus. Rubella neutralizing antibodies were detected in all seven of these infants; these persisted at least 56 weeks in one subject. One mother who received gamma globulin during the first trimester was delivered of an infant who showed signs of the rubella syndrome.

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