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Pre-pregnancy tests find problems in couples

More than one-fifth of local couples planning to have a baby are found to have high-risk conditions that may cause pregnancy complications or bring harm to children, said the Shanghai Population and Family Planning Commission today.

The city offered free pre-pregnancy check to 21,719 couples this year and found 20.9 percent of them have high-risk conditions such as deformed reproductive system, gynecological diseases and infectious diseases.

About 6 percent of the people were diagnosed with liver or kidney disorders and 11.5 percent had abnormal antibody to hepatitis B. Some also contracted syphilis.

About 15 percent of the women were negative in rubella virus antibody test. Rubella virus can cause different congenital deformities. These women were suggested to postpone their pregnancy and receive rubella vaccination first.


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