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.

Factsheet 2015:  pdf Elimination of rubella and congenital rubella syndrome in the Americas

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.

Factsheet 2015:  pdf Elimination of rubella and congenital rubella syndrome in the Americas


A group of international experts today is detailing how they will conclude the process of documenting and verifying the elimination of measles, rubella, and congenital rubella syndrome in the Americas.


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

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.

Please, select next link to view document:  pdf Best Practices .


Vaccination Campaigns Programmed for Rubella and Measles Elimination in the Americas 2007-2008.

Please select next link to view document:  pdf Vaccination Campaign 2007-2008 .


Measles\Rubella News

Measles outbreak in Venezuela is under control

The measles outbreak in Venezuela is under control following a series of actions taken by the country, together with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and its partners, including a country-wide vaccination campaign that reached almost nine million children between the ages of 6 months and 15 years.

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