Journal of Vaccines & Vaccination

Journal of Vaccines & Vaccination
Open Access

ISSN: 2157-7560

Azubuike Benjamin Nwako

Queen Elizabeth II Hospital, Ministry of Health Lesotho, South Africa

  • Research Article   
    The Burden of Disease from Congenital Rubella Syndrome in Lesotho
    Author(s): Thabelo Makhupane* and Azubuike Benjamin Nwako

    Background: Congenital rubella syndrome (CRS) causes severe birth defects and is preventable. In line with the global vision for measles and rubella elimination, Lesotho introduced the measles-rubella (MR) vaccine into the routine immunization schedule in February 2017. The aim of the study was to show the burden of CRS in Lesotho before the introduction of the rubella vaccine. Methods: This was a cross-sectional descriptive study. Data was extracted from several sources at Queen Mamohato Memorial Hospital including inpatient, outpatient, electronic and laboratory records as well as expert interviews. Files of infants less than 12 months with CRS during the period January 2012 to December 2016 were selected. Results: There were five laboratory and 4 clinically confirmed CRS cases. One case also had Cytomegalovirus (CMV) co-infection. Mohales’ Hoek district had the highest number.. Read More»
    DOI: 10.35248/ 2157-7560.20.11.415

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