In recent months, there has been an increase in reported cases of rubella, or German measles. Since the beginning of the year, the infectious disease has claimed the lives of ten babies, the oldest being one year of age.
According to official data from the National Center of Infectious Diseases (NCID), 340 of the all 571 patients with rubella who it has treated, are children. Nationwide a total of 9383 cases of the disease have been registered. Because the spread of rubella is high among young people, aged between 19-30, the acting Health and Sport Ministry Secretary, S.Lambaa, has announced that the government intends to organzie additional vaccination among this age group.