Year of Award
Bachelor of Arts (BA)
College of Education & Allied Health
Communication Disorders and Deaf Education
measles, vaccine, retardation, pregnancy, defects, epidemic, handicap
Rubella, a common virus disease, is a mild infection of children and young adults. Often a slight headache, fever, muscular pain, and swelling of the glands precede a light pink rash, cough, and nasal congestion. It is less contagious than ailments such as rubeola and chickenpox but yet still relatively easy to contract. Rubella appears in five to seven year cycles, usually in the spring. At these times, incidences of the disease can and do reach epidemic-sized proportions. Although infection with the disease confers lasting immunity, about one in every five people reaches adulthood without ever contracting it. Therefore, a large percentage (20%) of women of child-bearing age are not immune. This is where the danger of rubella is seen. There might be very little effect on a nine or ten year old child. "But to an unborn child, the usually mild rubella virus can be vicious: babies born to mothers infected during the first month of pregnancy stand a 50 per cent chance of congenital heart defects, cataracts, deafness, or mental retardation."
Kinnally, Mary Kathleen, "Rubella: The Past, Present, and Future" (1970). Theses, Dissertations, and Capstone Projects. 143.
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