|Description:||This photograph was captured late in 2013, when the country of Jordan experienced a measles outbreak. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), sent staff to help in the response. CDC epidemiologist, Dr. Mary Alleman took this photo of a Jordanian toddler, who was holding out her immunization card, and chatting to one of Dr. Alleman’s colleagues from the World Health Organization (WHO).|
Measles is one of the most contagious diseases in the world and is a leading cause of vaccine-preventable death among children. Rubella infection during pregnancy can cause congenital rubella syndrome (CRS) and is easily preventable by vaccination. Although the two have similar symptoms, they are different, but can be easily prevented with combined vaccines.
As a founding member of the Measles & Rubella Initiative (MRI), CDC provides support to partners and countries. The Measles & Rubella Initiative is a global partnership committed to ensuring no child dies from measles or rubella, or is born with congenital rubella syndrome (CRS) - the leading vaccine-preventable infectious disease cause of birth defects, which can also be fatal.