Rubella is a contagious disease caused by a virus. It is also called German measles or three-day measles. But don't confuse rubella with measles, which is sometimes called rubeola. The two diseases have similar features, including a red rash, but they are caused by different viruses...
Elimination of Rubella in the Americas Region
On April 29, 2015, the Pan-American Regional Office of the World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) announced that the Americas region is the world’s first region to eliminate rubella and congenital rubella syndrome (CRS).
In the United States, rubella and CRS were verified as eliminated in 2004. Since rubella is still common in other parts of the world, people should be up to date on their MMR vaccinations, including before traveling abroad.
Fact Sheet for Kids: The Scarlet Scourge
Meet the Scarlet Scourge (real name: Rubella; also known as German Measles). One of the BAM! Immune Platoon’s arch-enemies, this pipsqueak has a much more sinister goal than just making big people a little bit sick—it's after babies...
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