"Lessons From Rubella Suggest Zika's Impact Could Linger"

"As scientists struggle to understand the threat posed by Zika virus, there's another viral infection that's a known danger in pregnancy and that harms 100,000 babies a year, even though it has been preventable with a vaccine since 1969.

The disease is rubella, or German measles. Like Zika, the rubella virus often causes either a mild rash or no symptoms at all.

When women get rubella while pregnant, however, there can be devastating consequences for the fetus, including deafness, heart defects and even microcephaly — the brain abnormality that's raised such alarm about Zika."

Nell Greenfieldboyce reports for NPR's All Things Considered March 22, 2016.

Source: NPR, 03/23/2016