The Americas region has become the first to eliminate rubella, a contagious viral infection similar to measles. Rubella and the associated congenital rubella syndrome (CRS) are now the third and fourth vaccine-preventable diseases eliminated in the Americas following small pox and polio. Prior to mass vaccination, it is estimated that between 16,000 and 20,000 children were born with CRS in Latin America and the Caribbean. The elimination of the disease is the result of a fifteen year long vaccination initiative.
Rubella is typically less contagious and less aggressive than measles. However, it can cause birth defects or miscarriages if women are infected during pregnancy. Rubella is still prominent in other regions of the world, with the Americas and Europe being the only two with elimination goals for the disease. More>>
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