- Babies with multiple birth defects were born to US women infected with the rubella virus in the 1960s
- What these families have needed may signal what's in store for Zika babies
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Rubella has been eradicated in the Americas thanks to vaccinations, but it still affects other parts of the world.
A pregnant woman infected with rubella may lose her baby or give birth to a child with multiple defects resulting from congenital rubella syndrome, a condition that may require lifelong care.
Some 100,000 babies across the globe are born with congenital rubella syndrome each year.
Women who have been vaccinated against rubella don't run that risk.
It only costs $1.50 to vaccinate a child against both rubella and the measles in low-income countries.
Source: Measles and Rubella Initiative