Asian Journal of Immunology <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Asian Journal of&nbsp;Immunology</strong>&nbsp;aims to publish&nbsp;high-quality&nbsp;papers (<a href="/index.php/AJI/general-guideline-for-authors">Click here for Types of paper</a>) in all aspects of the immune system in all organisms. This journal facilitates the research and wishes to publish papers as long as they are technically correct, scientifically motivated. The journal also encourages the submission of useful reports of negative results. This is a quality controlled,&nbsp;OPEN&nbsp;peer-reviewed, open access INTERNATIONAL journal.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> en-US (Asian Journal of Immunology) (Asian Journal of Immunology) Wed, 01 Jul 2020 06:53:53 +0000 OJS 60 Discussion on the Concept of Immunity and How Human Body System Could Build Immunity against COVID 19 and It Relevance to Public Health Education <p>The aim of this article is to explain different types of immunity and discuss how the human body could build immunity against COVID 19. This would also serve as a guide for public health education on immunity in this era of COVID 19 pandemic.</p> Albert Opoku, Joana Owusu Danso, Olivia Nyarko Mensah, Nicholas Amoah Owusu, Prince Twene, Jefferson Asare Dankwa, Andrews Owusu ##submission.copyrightStatement## Wed, 01 Jul 2020 00:00:00 +0000 Prevalence of Rubella Specific IgM Antibodies among Expectant Mothers in Two Tertiary Hospitals in Rivers state, Nigeria <p><strong>Aim: </strong>Rubella virus screening in pregnancy has not been recommended during antenatal clinic days in Nigeria and most African countries. However, Rubella virus has been widely accepted as one of the viral aetiology of congenital transmission. Circulation of Rubella virus in the environment would increase the risk of maternal infection and possibly, congenital rubella syndrome. This study aims to determine the population of pregnant women, who are anti-Rubella virus IgM seropositive, thus understanding the burden of acute Rubella infections circulating in Rivers State.</p> <p><strong>Methods: </strong>Two hundred and seventy sera from the pregnant women were screened by Enzyme-linked Immunosorbent Assay (ELISA) for Rubella virus IgM antibody. These pregnant women were attending antenatal clinics of University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital (UPTH) and Rivers State University Teaching Hospital, both in Rivers State, Nigeria. A structured questionnaire was used to collect participants’ sociodemographic data.</p> <p><strong>Results: </strong>A total of 44 out of 270 (16.3%) subjects were anti- Rubella virus IgM positive and 226 out of 270 (83.7%) were negative. There was no significant difference between IgM seropositivity and age groups, education level, gestation stage and parity. However, there was a statistical association of seropositivity rates with respect to location and occupation.</p> <p><strong>Conclusion: </strong>Findings from our evaluation indicated that many pregnant women were anti-Rubella IgM seropositive, hence the cases of acute infection were relatively high. This condition poses danger to their unborn fetuses in the absence of appropriate preventive measures.</p> C. C. Adim, N. N. Odu, T. Sampson, L. O. Amadi, I. O. Okonko ##submission.copyrightStatement## Wed, 05 Aug 2020 00:00:00 +0000