Prevalence of Rubella Susceptibility Among Pregnant Mothers in a Community-Based Antenatal Clinic in Malaysia: A Cross-Sectional Study
Cheong, Ai Theng, and Khoo, Ee Ming, (2008) Prevalence of Rubella Susceptibility Among Pregnant Mothers in a Community-Based Antenatal Clinic in Malaysia: A Cross-Sectional Study. Asia Pacific Journal of Public Health, 20 (4). pp. 340-346. ISSN 1-800-818-7243
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University Putra Malaysia, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Dept. of Community Health
University of Malaya. Faculty of Medicine. Dept. of Primary Care Medicine
Introduction: routine rubella antibody screening is not done for antenatal mothers in community health clinics in Malaysia. However, congenital rubella syndrome has persisted with its associated health burden. Objectives: to determine the prevalence of rubella susceptibility among pregnant mothers and its associated risk factors. Methodology: a cross-sectional study was carried out in the Petaling district, Selangor, Malaysia, where 500 pregnant mothers were recruited, and face-to-face interviews were conducted. Rubella IgG tests were performed. Results: the prevalence of rubella susceptibility among pregnant mothers was 11.4%. Using logistic regression, a history of not having received rubella vaccination or having unknown rubella vaccination status was found to be a significant predictor for mothers to be rubella susceptible (odds ratio = 2.691; 95% confidence interval = 1.539-4.207). Conclusions: routine rubella IgG screening tests need to be offered to all antenatal mothers in view of the high prevalence found.
|Additional Information:||The authors would like to thank the staff at the virology laboratory, University Malaya Medical Centre, and Sri Kembangan Health Clinic for their support. We would also like to thank the mothers who took part in this study.|
|Keywords:||rubella susceptibility, antenatal, prevalence, Malaysia|
|Subjects:||R Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Nursing|
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