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Congenital Rubella Surveillance


National Congenital Rubella Surveillance Programme (NCRSP)

If a woman acquires rubella during early pregnancy she can pass the infection on to her fetus. A baby born with congenital rubella may have many associated problems, including deafness and damage to the eye and heart.  Congenital rubella is now extremely rare in the UK because of a highly effective immunisation programme. 

Through the National Congenital Rubella Surveillance Programme, originally established in 1971, we collect information about any new cases of congenital rubella in order to help to monitor the effectiveness of the rubella immunisation programme. 

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