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Sept 2, 1968

Rubella Risks in the Nursing Community

Author Affiliations

Gainesville, Fla

JAMA. 1968;205(10):705-706. doi:10.1001/jama.1968.03140360065025

To the Editor:—  Infants with congenital rubella have been the source of infection among nursing personnel and have been responsible for a second generation of congenitally malformed infants in pregnant individuals taking care of these children (G.R.G. Monif, unpublished data).1-3 The inability prospectively to identify potentially affected infants owing to inapparent maternal illness, the partial lack of maternal participation in a prenatal care program, and the prevalence of endemic rubella within the prenatal population of the W. A. Shands Teaching Hospital (University of Florida College of Medicine) have prompted the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology to delineate its responsibility toward the immediate medical community.

  1. The population at risk and potential vectors within the nursing community are defined by a simple, sensitive, serological test for rubella (hemagglutination-inhibition) which is economically and technically feasible.4 In many instances, this test is available through the state laboratory at no cost.

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