Mohammed MOHAMMED May Al-SAADI Hussein O. Kreedy Tareq Jafaar Al-Jindeel Abdullah Salim Al-Karawi


Background: The aim of present study was to know if the rubella virus infection demonstrated via IgG and IgM seroprevalence in pregnant women with adverse reproductive outcome had any adverse relationships in these women Materials and Methods: A case control study was conducted in Baghdad, IRAQ, which included 143 women with age range from 15 to 46 years. Hundred normal age matched pregnant women were also included. Structured questionnaires were used to gather sociodemographic and risk factors data. Qualitative and quantitative IgG and IgM ELISA tests were used to detect rubella seroprevalences.Results: Out of the 143 women, 129 (90.2%) were rubella IgG positive and none were IgM positive. Women with normal pregnancy showed significantly lower rates of Rubella virus IgG seropositivity. Women age, occupation and residence were significantly associated with Rubella virus seropositivity.Conclusion: This study provides important and highly useful information on baseline seroprevalence data on rubella in Iraq. A 9.8% of our women study population were non-rubella immune and were susceptible for rubella infection. In addition, rubella seroprevalence clearly were associated with BOH manifestations.

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BOH; Rubella; IgG; IgM; ELISA; Pregnant women; Socio-demographic variables; Iraq,

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