Epidemiological surveillance of rubella must continue

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.323.7304.112/a (Published 14 July 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:112
  1. Jugnoo Rahi, clinical lecturer in ophthalmic epidemiology,
  2. Gill Adams, consultant ophthalmologist,
  3. Isabelle Russell-Eggitt, consultant ophthalmologist,
  4. Pat Tookey, senior research fellow
  1. Institute of Child Health, London WC1N 1EH
  2. Moorfields Eye Hospital, London EC1V 2PD
  3. Institute of Child Health, London WC1N 1EH

    EDITOR—The description in 1941 by an Australian ophthalmologist of congenital cataract occurring after rubella in pregnancy was one of the first clearly demonstrated risk factors for congenital anomalies in humans.1 Several of the major ophthalmic long term effects of prenatal rubella infection, such as cataract, microphthalmos, and retinopathy, are recognisable at birth or in early infancy.2 Their diagnosis in children is recognised to be important in identifying the population at …

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