This image, captured at a school in Sana’a City, Yemen, in November 2014, depicts Dr. Eshraq Alfalahim, a Field Epidemiology Training Program (FETP) resident, in the process of monitoring and ensuring that proper vaccine administration is being performed at school. In Yemen, FELP residents like Dr. Alfalahim, played an important role in supervising a national vaccination campaign to implement a new rubella vaccine for children under 15 years of age.
Rubella, sometimes called German measles, or three-day measles, is a contagious disease caused by a virus. The infection is usually mild with fever and rash. Symptoms, which last 2 to 3 days, include:
- Rash that starts on the face and spreads to the rest of the body
- Low fever (less than 101 degrees).
Older children and adults may also have swollen glands and symptoms like a cold before the rash appears. Aching joints occur in many cases, especially among young women.
About half of the people who get rubella do not have symptoms.
The FETP trains workers on the ground to help countries build sustainable capacity for detecting and responding to health threats. The program develops in-country expertise so that disease outbreaks can be detected locally and prevented from spreading.
For more on the FETP, and rubella, see the link below.