The Minister of Health and Sports of Bolivia, Jeyson Auza posted on Facebook Thursday:
After doing the pertinent studies we have confirmed a case of Rubella in Trinidad, Beni. Before that, we deploy a team of specialists who, besides investigating the case, carry out active epidemiological surveillance. We are implementing containment measures. We urge the public to comply with all vaccination schemes. Only vaccination protects us from these diseases.
According to the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), the last time Bolivia reported rubella was in 2006 when two cases were reported.
Rubella is a viral infection that occurs most often in children and young adults. When a woman is infected with rubella during pregnancy, it can cause fetal death or birth defects. It is the leading vaccine-preventable cause of birth defects worldwide. There is no specific treatment for rubella, but the disease is preventable by vaccination.
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