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Description:This 11 month-old female infant had been born with a severe case of congenital rubella. Included in her symptomatology were bilateral cataracts, deafness, congenital heart disease, and severe retardation. At this time, she was still actively-infected with the rubella virus, and remained a source of contagion. For a view of this infant at 18 months of age, see PHIL 15401.
“Congenital rubella syndrome (CRS) is an illness resulting from rubella virus infection during pregnancy. When rubella infection occurs during early pregnancy, serious consequences—such as miscarriages, stillbirths, and a constellation of severe birth defects in infants can result. The risk of congenital infection and defects is highest during the first 12 weeks of gestation and decreases after the 12th week of gestation with defects rare after the 20th week of gestation. Common congenital defects of CRS include cataracts, congenital heart disease, hearing impairment, and developmental delay. Infants with CRS usually present with more than one sign or symptom consistent with congenital rubella infection. However, infants may present with a single defect. Hearing impairment is the most common single defect.” (See the link below, and the article footnotes)
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Content Providers(s):CDC/ Dr. Andre J. Lebrum
Creation Date:1969
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Links:CDC – National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases; Rubella (German Measles, Three-Day Measles)
CDC - VPD Surveillance Manual, 5th Edition, 2012, “Congenital Rubella Syndrome: Chapter 15-1”, by Huong McLean, PhD, MPH,
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