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Sero-survey of rubella IgM antibodies among children in Jos, Nigeria

Author(s): Junaid Surajudeen | Akpan King | Olabode Atanda

Journal: Virology Journal
ISSN 1743-422X

Volume: 8;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 244;
Date: 2011;
Original page

Keywords: Sero-survey | rubella IgM antibodies | children | Nigeria

Abstract Sero-survey of rubella IgM antibodies was carried out among children aged 0-10 years in Jos, Nigeria. Blood samples were collected from the subjects and sera extracted. Of the 93(100%) assayed for the rubella IgM antibody, 42(45.2%) were seropositive for rubella IgM antibody while 51(54.8%) were seronegative. A breakdown of the seropositive subjects reveals that 14(15.1%) of the infected children were males while 28(30.1%) were females. Those subjects within the age groups of 1-2, 3-4 and 5-6 years had the highest prevalence of 8(8.6%) followed by those within the age groups of 7-8, 9-10 years with 7(7.5%). Blood transfusion as a risk factor did not show any significant influence on the status of the subjects. The demographic data of the mothers of the subjects were also linked with the seropositivity of the children.
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