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UK case of congenital rubella can be linked to Greek cases

BMJ 2000; 321 doi: (Published 23 September 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:766
  1. Pat Tookey, coordinator (,
  2. Pamela Molyneaux, consultant virologist,
  3. Peter Helms, professor of child health
  1. National Congenital Rubella Surveillance Programme, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Institute of Child Health, London WC1N 1EH
  2. Department of Medical Microbiology, Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, Aberdeen AB25 2ZN
  3. Department of Child Health, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen AB25 2ZD

    EDITOR—Giannakos et al reported on four infants with congenital rubella syndrome born in Greece after an outbreak of rubella that peaked in January 1999.1 We report a case of congenital rubella in Scotland late in 1999 that can also be linked to this outbreak.

    At least four universities in the United Kingdom (three in England and one in Scotland) reported outbreaks of rubella early in 1999, all of which included students from Greece.2 In Grampian, Scotland, 39 reported cases were …

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