Prevalence of rubella antibodies among schoolgirls in Sana'a, Republic of Yemen
AbstractTo determine the prevalence of rubella antibodies and age of exposure to rubella among Yemeni schoolgirls, we studied the sera samples of 323 female students [age range 11-21 years; mean age 16.26 +/- 1.89 years] drawn from three schools in Sana'a. All samples were screened for rubella IgG antibodies using enzyme linked immunosorbent assay and, if negative, for IgM in order to exclude the possibility of recent exposure. Of 323 sera, 296 [91.64%] were positive for rubella IgG. All IgG negative sera were also IgM negative. Comparable antibody prevalence was observed in all age groups. The prevalence of rubella IgG among Yemeni schoolgirls is high, with most becoming immune between the ages of 11 and 21 years. Although the age of exposure seems to be </= 13 years, further investigation is needed to confirm this
Sallam, T.A., Raja'a, Y.A., Benbrake, M.S., Al Shaibani, K.S. & Al Hababi, A.A. (2003). Prevalence of rubella antibodies among schoolgirls in Sana'a, Republic of Yemen. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/119255
EMHJ - Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal, 9 (1-2), 148-151, 2003
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