Rubella outbreak hits Fiji

Fiji’s Ministry of Health recently issued a strong warning regarding a rubella outbreak that has infected at least 49 people.

The ministry’s Director on Communicable Diseases Dr. Mike Kama said that two new cases of rubella were reported during the last weekend, according to Kama confirmed that the ministry believes rubella is becoming a serious health issue for Fijians and visitors to the island nation.

Kama said it was now vital to warn those coming to the island about the rubella outbreak so that they can take the proper precautions. He warned that potential tourists should be vaccinated.

The majority of the cases have involved people between the ages of 19 and 30. Though it is not considered a serious illness for most, according to Kama, pregnant women need to be extra cautious.

“So the rubella picture that we're seeing right now kind of fits in with the cases being confirmed in mostly men, in fact 10 out of 11 are young adults or men,” Dr. Francis Bingwor, Fiji’s national advisor for family health, said, reports. “So we haven't quite gotten to the cause of the outbreak, whether it's something that's caused in-country, we call it an indigenous infection, or through an importation of the virus."