Vietnamese health authorities say a rubella outbreak was first recorded early this month at a US-invested furniture company in an industrial park in Binh Duong Province has grown to affect 30 people, according to a Thanh Nien News report today.
The General Department of Preventive Medicine has said that up to 138 people at the company showed symptoms of rubella.
Rubella, sometimes called German measles or three-day measles, is a contagious disease caused by a virus. According to the CDC, rubella 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 of rubella is through vaccination.
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