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Hum Vaccin Immunother. 2019 Jun 11. doi: 10.1080/21645515.2019.1621146. [Epub ahead of print]

Measles in pregnancy: a threat for Italian women?

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a Department of Molecular and Developmental Medicine , University of Siena , Siena 53100 , Italy .
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b VisMederi srl , Siena 53100 , Italy .

Abstract

Measles in pregnancy may lead to serious sequelae for newborns and mothers. In Italy assessment of immunity against measles is not recommended as pregnancy screening. This study aimed to assess the immunity against measles in pregnant women from Apulia Region in Southern Italy between 2016 and 2017. Overall, 96.9% of pregnant women were positive for anti-measles IgG, younger women aged 19-29 years had a seroprevalence below 90%. No samples were positive for anti-measles IgM. In conclusion, younger pregnant women showed to be at higher risk of contracting measles during pregnancy. These findings have implication for measles vaccination policy and highlight the need of measles antibody testing in pregnancy screening in Italy.

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