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Type Journal Article - Journal of Hygiene
Title A study of immunity to rubella in villages in the Fiji Islands using the haemagglutination inhibition test
Volume 71
Issue 4
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 1973
Page numbers 825-831
URL http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2130425/pdf/jhyg00082-0186.pdf
In the villages of Fiji, apart from Viti Levu, rubella is a disease occurring solely in widely spaced epidemics. Some villages may not be infected for over 20 years and will then contain substantial numbers of susceptible women of child-bearing age. Evidence is produced that haemagglutination-inhibiting (H.I.) antibody to rubella is very long lasting in Fijians. The infectivity of the virus is discussed and it is suggested that, on the average, 50 % of susceptibles are infected in a Fijian village during a rubella epidemic, but there are large variations.

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