Last reviewed 01/2018

The foetus does not produce specific IgM until 23 weeks gestation and no methods able to detect these in cord blood are currently in use - PCR is being evaluated.

Congenitally infected babies are identified by detecting rubella virus specific IgM in the infant's blood:

  • less than 3 months, 100% IgM positive
  • 3 to 6 months, 90% IgM positive
  • 6 to 12 months, 50% Igm positive

Thrombocytopaenia is common.