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Incidence of congenital rubella in Greece

BMJ 2000; 321 doi: (Published 18 November 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:1287
  1. Takis Panagiotopoulos (, senior researcher,
  2. Ioanna Antoniadou, senior researcher,
  3. Eleni Valassi-Adam, director
  1. Department of Social Paediatrics, Institute of Child Health, Agia Sophia Children's Hospital, 11527 Athens, Greece

    EDITOR—Giannakos et al present data on the rubella epidemic in Greece in 1999.1 They also question the main conclusion of our paper on the 1993 rubella epidemic in Greece that the incidence of the congenital rubella syndrome had increased in 1993 compared with the pre-vaccination period owing to inconsistent immunisation practices.2

    Their first (indirect) argument is that their data on the 1999 epidemic “do not show a real increase in the incidence of congenital rubella.” This …

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