Are There Still Cases of Rubella in Hong Kong?

    The WHO has confirmed Hong Kong achieved rubella-free status

    As of May 2021, Hong Kong has achieved the interruption of endemic virus transmission according to the WHO. This is because there has been no local spread of the rubella virus in Hong Kong for the past 36 months[1].

    Because of the vaccine’s efficacy, rubella has been nearly eliminated in many vaccinated countries. For example, in the United Kingdom, there hasn’t been a year with over ten rubella cases since 2013[2].

    1. (2021). 'WHO confirms Hong Kong's interruption of endemic rubella virus transmission'. The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. 21 May 2021. Available at: <https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202105/21/P2021052000875.htm>
    2. (2021). 'Confirmed cases of measles, mumps and rubella in England and Wales: 1996 to 2020'. UK Health Secutiry Agency. 21 June 2021. Available at: <https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/measles-confirmed-cases/confirmed-cases-of-measles-mumps-and-rubella-in-england-and-wales-2012-to-2013>

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