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Japan: CDC Issues Alert About Rubella Outbreak

By Larry Habegger and Dani Burlison | Permalink | No Comments | September 12th, 2013 | Trackback

More than 13,700 cases of rubella have been reported in Japan during 2013 and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have issued an alert for those traveling to the country. Rubella, or German Measles, causes fever and rashes for two to three days and is spread through coughing and sneezing. Infections can be avoided with up-to-date rubella vaccines (MMR or MMRV). Pregnant woman should be especially cautious, because the rubella virus can cause birth defects such as deafness, cataracts, heart defects, mental disabilities and organ damage. Travelers should consult with their doctors or for more information about the vaccine.

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