Why the presence of this virus at a Detroit auto show signals a big problem
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FORBES – The U.S. has well over 99 problems but rubella shouldn’t be one of them.
The rubella vaccination program, started in 1969, had helped eliminate rubella from the U.S. as of 2004.
Case in point. Rubella recently made an appearance at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan.
No, rubella is not a new car line. Naming an automobile “rubella” would be a bit like naming your motorbike “herpes.”
Rather, rubella is a very contagious virus that can be readily spread by coughing or sneezing. It can cause a disease called rubella (hence the name), also known as the German measles.
On February 1, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) announced that someone infected with the rubella virus had attended the auto show between January 13 and 15.
According a news report from WNDU 16, this person was not a Michigan resident and was visiting from another state.
As a result, the MDHHS warned that “individuals who may have been exposed and are unsure of their vaccination status should contact their healthcare provider with any questions.”
“Unsure of their vaccination status” is a polite way of saying “did you somehow not get the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, which everyone should be getting as part of the routine series of childhood vaccinations?”
Or “did you not do what billions of people around the world have done over the past several decades?”
Or “do you actually believe that there is a viable alternative to vaccination to prevent rubella?”
Or maybe for some reason you think that rubella is no big deal, that it will just give you a temporary rash?
Well, that type of thinking would be very rash … Read more.
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