Detailing rubella's disappearance
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Quick View. Posted April 11, 2005
After a 40-year effort, rubella is no longer endemic in this country.
Late last month, officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that the transmission of the rubella virus rubella has been interrupted in the United States. This accomplishment is a result of intensive efforts to increase vaccination levels and eliminate the disease both here and throughout the Americas.
Here is how the disease's vanishing act took place.
Sources: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; amednews staff research