Brunei eliminates rubella disease - WHO

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Nov 3 (Bernama) -- The World Health Organisation (WHO) has recently declared that Brunei is free of rubella disease as a public health problem, China’s Xinhua News Agency reported.

The rubella virus is highly contagious, but its spread is preventable with safe and cost-effective vaccines. Initial symptoms among children include fever and rash.

Also known as German measles, rubella is particularly serious for pregnant women, as infection can lead to miscarriage or birth defects, including blindness, deafness and heart disease.

According to local media, Brunei was declared free of measles in 2015. WHO's latest announcement brought the total number of rubella-free countries and areas within the Western Pacific region to five. 

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Vivantis Technologies Elevates COVID-19 Testing Capacity In Malaysia

By Nadia Jumri

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) – The world has been battling COVID-19 for close to a year now, with more than 200 countries and territories affected by the pandemic.

In Malaysia, the third wave of infections led to total case numbers spiking to over 75,000. Globally, the virus has infected more than 68 million people and caused over 1.5 million fatalities.

Due to the virus’ highly virulent nature, producing COVID-19 test kits has become a top priority for certain biotechnology companies focusing on research and development (R&D) in Malaysia.

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