DPHSS: Rubella reported in Fiji
by Nick Delgado
Guam - The Department of public health and social services was alerted of an outbreak of Rubella – German measles is currently occurring in Fiji. Since travelers from this area pass through Guam, it is also possible that the disease may be brought to the territory. The Fiji ministry of health confirms 11 cases of rubella. Rubella is a moderately contagious disease of the respiratory tract, and symptoms include mild fever, rash, runny nose, sore throat, swollen lymph nodes and aching. Public health is advising travelers to make sure they have been vaccinated for rubella before departing. Health care providers are also urged to report possible cases of rubella to the immunization program, bureau of communicable disease control at 735-7143.