Australia eliminates Rubella which has triggered travel warning in Japan

Published on : Thursday, November 1, 2018

World Health Organization (WHO) has announced that Australia has eliminated Rubella or German measles.  It has already been eradicated in the Americas and across much of Europe.

 

 

Australia’s health minister considers it a ‘highly significant public health accomplishment,’ According to him, the eradication of Rubella signals that Australia’s immunization program is a success.

 

 

A few days back the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warned travellers to Japan, especially the pregnant women about an outbreak of Rubella.

 

 

Rubella is highly contagious. However, adults show mild symptoms of rash and a fever that lasts for two to three days.  Some may not even feel sick at all.

 

 

Studies show that it can cause miscarriage, especially in the first trimester of pregnancy. It can be prevented through vaccines.

 

 

 

CDC warned pregnant woman who have not taken the vaccine or have a previous rubella infection not to travel to Japan.

 

 

As per WHO, 152 of 194 countries who have resorted to rubella vaccine at national level have witnessed up to 97 per cent decrease of this disease from 2000 to 2016. In certain African and southeast Asian regions, the vaccination rate is low and the disease continues to affect people.

 

 

Hunt commends the efforts of Australia’s health professionals and parent’s determination over several years. He opined that the eradication of Rubella shows that the vaccinations work.

 

 

 

WHO’s Global Vaccine Action Plan aims to eliminate measles and rubella by 2020.

 

 

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