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. 2014 Jun;43(6 Pt 1):698-705.
doi: 10.1016/j.lpm.2013.10.009. Epub 2014 Apr 29.

[Rubella: A Current Issue?]

[Article in French]
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[Rubella: A Current Issue?]

[Article in French]
Liliane Grangeot-Keros et al. Presse Med. .

Abstract

Sporadic cases of rubella infection are reported each year in France due to insufficient vaccination coverage. Rubella virus is a very unstable enveloped RNA virus. For this reason, transportation and storage of samples collected for its detection require particular conditions. The genetic stability of rubella virus has allowed the development of very effective vaccines. During the recent rubella outbreaks in Algeria and Tunisia, an unusual high rate of encephalitis was reported. The role of the laboratory is crucial in the management of rubella infection during pregnancy. Rubella serological results must be interpreted with caution. Congenital rubella is a severe disease that should already be eliminated thanks to a very effective vaccine that has been developed. All women of childbearing age should be vaccinated. Rubella vaccination of an unknowingly pregnant woman is not an indication for abortion.

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