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Published On: Thu, Jan 23rd, 2014

Poland reports more than 38,000 German measles cases in 2013

The European country of Poland is reporting a decline in cases of rubella, or German measles, after a major outbreak during 2013.

 

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 last year, Poland recorded 38,577 cases of rubella; however, they only reported 2,100 of the cases since Sep. 1.

Two babies  were born with birth defects because their mothers had rubella. This contrasts with Japan, who also went through a rubella outbreak in 2013. Japan reported 14,357 rubella cases; however, in 2013, 31 babies were born with birth defects because their mothers had rubella, compared to 5 babies in all of 2012.

Rubella, also called German measles, is a disease spread by the coughs and sneezes of infected people. Symptoms include rash and fever for 2 to 3 days. Some people do not feel sick. If a pregnant woman gets rubella virus, her baby could have birth defects such as deafness, cataracts, heart defects, mental disabilities, and organ damage.

Prevention is through vaccination.  The only rubella vaccines available in the United States are the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) and the measles-mumps-rubella-varicella (MMRV) vaccines.

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