Title

Does rubella immunity predict measles immunity? A serosurvey of pregnant women

Document Type

Article

Peer Reviewed

1

Publication Date

1-1-2006

NLM Title Abbreviation

Infect Dis Obstet Gynecol

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Infectious diseases in obstetrics and gynecology

PubMed ID

17485795

DOI of Published Version

10.1155/IDOG/2006/13890

Start Page

13890

Abstract

BACKGROUND: This study was undertaken to determine whether rubella immunity infers measles immunity in pregnant women. METHODS: Stored serum samples were obtained from the Iowa State Hygienic Laboratory for evaluation of rubella and measles immunities with IgG enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. RESULTS: Nine hundred serum samples were obtained for testing. The average age of the women at the time of antepartum serum collection was 28 (range, 14 to 44) years. Measles and rubella immunity were 88% and 98%, respectively; there was no effect of immunity status by age identified. Eighty eight percent of those with rubella immunity were also measles immune. There was no association between paired rubella and measles immunity identified, P<.0001. DISCUSSION: Known rubella immunity did not infer measles immunity in our population. Thus, we recommend that pregnant women exposed to measles be tested and appropriately treated if they are found to be nonimmune.

Keywords

Adolescent, Adult, Antibodies, Viral/blood, Female, Health Surveys, Humans, Immunity, Innate, Immunoglobulin G/blood, Measles/epidemiology/immunology, Measles virus/immunology, Predictive Value of Tests, Pregnancy/immunology, Prevalence, Rubella/epidemiology/immunology, Rubella virus/immunology, Seroepidemiologic Studies

Published Article/Book Citation

Infectious diseases in obstetrics and gynecology, 2006 (2006) pp.13890

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URL

https://ir.uiowa.edu/obgyn_pubs/682