CDC Warns Of Rubella Epidemics In Japan, Poland

“Japan and Poland are both experiencing epidemics of rubella, and the [CDC] has issued travel warnings suggesting that women who are pregnant or might be consult their doctors before visiting either country,” the New York Times reports, noting, “The disease, also known as German measles, usually causes only mild fever and rash in adults and children, but can be devastating to a fetus, causing stillbirth or a host of birth defects, including developmental disabilities, deafness, heart problems and cataracts.” According to the New York Times, “Rubella cases in Japan have shot up to over 10,000 and are still increasing,” while “Poland has had more than 26,000 cases this year.” The newspaper discusses vaccination efforts in the respective countries (McNeil, 6/24).