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About Rubella

Rubella is a contagious viral disease, which occurs most often in children. The virus is transmitted via the respiratory route, and symptoms usually appear 2–3 weeks after exposure. In children, the disease is usually mild, with low fever, nausea and a transient rash. Adults may develop arthritis and painful joints. Infection during early pregnancy may cause fetal death or congenital rubella syndrome, which is characterized by multiple defects, particularly to the brain, heart, eyes and ears. There is no specific treatment for rubella. The disease can be prevented by immunization.

Rubella Timeline

Cronological history of rubella elimination in the Region of the Americas. Rubella Timeline

Adhoc meeting

Ad-hoc Meeting of Experts to Establish Best Practices in CRS Surveillance.

During the XVI Meeting of the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) on Vaccine-preventable Diseases in November 2004, recommendations were made to enhance the progress already achieved in the Region toward the goal of rubella and congenital rubella syndrome (CRS) elimination. One principal recommendation was the proposal for PAHO to convene an ad-hoc meeting of experts to define good public health practices for establishing CRS surveillance.

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