3 Aug 2011

Rubella outbreak in Fiji confirmed

1:35 pm on 3 August 2011

The Fiji Ministry of Health has confirmed there's a rubella outbreak in the country.

A ministry spokesperson Peni Namotu told FBC News that there are 11 confirmed cases of rubella - most of which have been reported in Suva.

Rubella can cause serious birth defects or miscarriage and is highly contagious.

Mr Namotu says the symptoms include a mild fever, rash, runny nose, sore throat, enlarged lymph glands and aching joints.

He says treatment involves rest and plenty of fluids with the person infected staying home for a week.