An analysis of 55 pregnant women with measles during the 2009-2011 measles outbreak in Namibia revealed that having the illness during pregnancy increased the risk for neonatal low birth weight, spontaneous abortion, intra-uterine fetal death and maternal death, according to a study published in Clinical Infectious Diseases. "Maximizing measles immunity in women of childbearing age would decrease the incidence of gestational measles and the attendant maternal, fetal and neonatal morbidity and mortality," researchers wrote.

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