Gebreel AO, Gilles HM, Prescott JE.
Ann Trop Med Parasitol. 1984 Oct;78(5):519-25.
No epidemiological information concerning the prevalence of rubella previously existed in Libya, thus precluding policy decisions in respect of possible immunization programme options. A random serological survey of school children, using the single-radial haemolysis-test, gave the following IgG positive rates. In Benghazi, 621 subjects yielded 58.8% at six years, the point of entry to the school system, rising to 78.3% at 12 years; in Gharian, 188 subjects yielded 61.1% at six years rising to 89.3% at 12 years. An additional random group of 70 Benghazi children, bled annually for four years, yielded positive rates of 55.7% at six years rising to 78.6% at nine years.
Keywords: Studies on the sero-epidemiology of endemic diseases in Libya. II. Rubella.