Lessons From Rubella Suggest Zika's Impact Could Linger

March 22, 2016 7:16 PM

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Lessons From Rubella Suggest Zika's Impact Could Linger

More than 20,000 babies in the U.S. were born with congenital rubella syndrome during an outbreak of rubella in 1964-65. A vaccine developed in 1969 helped curb the virus' spread, but hasn't eliminated it worldwide.

As scientists struggle to understand the threat posed by Zika virus, there's another viral infection that's a known danger in pregnancy and that harms 100,000 babies a year, even though it has been preventable with a vaccine since 1969.

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