Florida Department of Health Confirms Rubella Case in Broward County

A new health concern has now been added to the recent measles outbreak. The Florida Department of Health has notified Broward County healthcare providers of one confirmed case of rubella in the county. Sometimes referred to as German measles or three-day measles, rubella is a contagious disease that, although relatively mild in children, can cause serious consequences in adults, including birth defects when acquired by women of childbearing age.

Typical symptoms in children include a rash that starts on the face and spreads to the rest of the body. A mild fever, usually less than 101 degrees, also occurs. Symptoms typically last about two to three days. Older children and adults may experience swollen glands and cold-like symptoms prior to the appearance of a rash. Joint pain may also be present, especially in young women. About half of those who develop rubella, however, show no symptoms whatsoever.

As a letter from the Florida Health Department details, “The symptoms of rubella generally begin approximately fourteen to twenty one days after a person is exposed to someone with rubella.” The health department also warns of potential birth defects such as “…deafness, cataracts, heart defects, mental retardation, and liver and spleen damage.”

“Rubella is a contagious disease caused by a virus,” adds Peter Lamelas, M.D., CEO of MD Now Urgent Care. “Like measles, it is spread through the air by breathing, sneezing, and coughing.”

Dr. Lamelas recommends that those who are unvaccinated stay away from infected individuals. “The rubella vaccine is typically included in the MMR vaccine that also protects against measles and mumps. To prevent the spread of the virus, we’re acting swiftly to ensure that the people of South Florida are protected.” The rubella vaccine will be available immediately at all MD Now Urgent Care centers in Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach Counties. The urgent care centers will also offer treatment for those already infected with the virus.

For the convenience of its patients, MD Now centers are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day of the year, including holidays. No appointment is necessary and the waiting times are typically far shorter than those at area emergency rooms.

“As always, prevention is preferable to treatment,” stresses Dr. Lamelas. “If you aren’t already protected, you should consider getting the vaccine. At the very least, practice good hygiene and cover your mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing.”

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