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Congenital Rubella Syndrome

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by McCoy K




Rubella is an infection caused by a virus. If a pregnant woman becomes infected, she can pass the infection to the unborn baby. This infection can lead to severe birth defects, miscarriage, or stillbirth. The health problems due to the infection are called congenital rubella syndrome.
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Symptoms can vary depending on the timing of the infection. Some problems caused by congenital rubella include:


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American Academy of Family Physicians



Canadian Paediatric Society

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