Rubella eradicated in North and South America - WALB.com, South Georgia News, Weather, Sports

Rubella eradicated in North and South America

Jackie Jenkins, Epidemiologists Jackie Jenkins, Epidemiologists
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Health officials say a contagious virus has officially been eradicated from North and South America.

The last case of Rubella was in Argentina in 2009.

Health officials say the eradication is due to people taking the MMR Vaccine and its effectiveness.

They say the virus poses a significant threat to pregnant women.

"So for us that means that we're keeping pregnant women safe,” said Jackie Jenkins, Southwest Georgia Health Department Epidemiologist. “We're keeping our population safe because we do not have any transmission of Rubella in these countries.

Health officials say it's still important to get the MMR Vaccine.

120,000 children will continue to be born with severe birth defects from Rubella in countries where the illness has not been eliminated.

Copyright 2015 WALB. All rights reserved.

Powered by Frankly