Prevalence of rubella susceptibility among pregnant mothers in a community-based antenatal clinic in malaysia: A cross-sectional study

Cheong, A.T. and Khoo, E.M. (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 1010-5395

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Abstract

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.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: DOI: 10.1177/1010539508322698
Uncontrolled Keywords: Rubella susceptibility;antenatal; prevalence; Malaysia
Subjects: R Medicine
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine
Depositing User: Ms Haslinda Lahuddin
Date Deposited: 27 Oct 2014 01:30
Last Modified: 27 Oct 2014 01:30
URI: http://eprints.um.edu.my/id/eprint/10138

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