Rubella Has Been Eradicated from North and South America
According to an April 29 BBC News report, the rubella virus has been eradicated in the Americas. North and South America are the first regions of the world to eliminate the virus after no home-grown cases have developed in five years.
This historic achievement can directly be attributed to the value of animal research. The vaccine used across the world today was first tested in mice and rabbits for safety as well as monkey and rabbit tissues for efficacy.
Up to 20,000 children in North and South America were born with the virus, also known as German measles, until mass vaccinations began.
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