Rubella – Birth Defect Prevention for Expecting Parents

Rubella, also known as German measles, has been nearly eliminated in the industrial world due to the vaccine created in 1969. However, it is still important to know the danger present in contracting rubella during pregnancy. While the disease only causes discomfort for a week or so in the mother, the effect on the unborn baby can be much more serious. “Birth defects resulting from congenital rubella infection are eye defects such as cataracts, glaucoma, and blindness; deafness; congenital heart defects; and mental retardation. Taken together, these conditions are called congenital rubella syndrome (CRS).” [Health A to Z]

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