Changes in the Epidemiological Pattern of Rubella in Taiwan Area (I)

1989 Vol.5 NO.3

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Taiwan is an island. Rubella is not considered endemic in Taiwan Area. There had been four major epidemics in Taiwan Area before 1977: 1943-44, 1957-58, 1968-69, and 1977, approximately one every ten years. Between epidemics, no case was reported. Grayston in 1967 made a retrospective study of the 1957-58 epidemic and found that 25% of pregnant women contracted with rubella during the first three months of pregnancy would deliver deformed babies.
A question is, more frequent contact with the outer world as a result of rapid economic development; whether rubella has become endemic in Taiwan Area. For effective prevention, a study on the trend of rubella is essential.