200,000 doses of MMR vaccine arrive amid rubella, measles outbreaks

The Ministry of Health has announced it is testing the quality of 200,000 doses of MMR (measles-mumps-rubella) vaccine that have been imported.

The vaccines, supplied by multinationals Merck Sharp and Dohme and GlaxoSmithKline, will be distributed to medical centers around the country, many of which have run out of them with the peak season for measles approaching.

On the same day, the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Health (DoH) told the media about an outbreak of rubella at Blue, a fashion shop on Hai Ba Trung Street, in which eight out of its 20 employees have contracted the disease.

The owner said with 100 people visiting the shop daily there is a high risk of the disease spreading.

Medical workers disinfected the shop using chlorine. The shop has closed temporarily to contain the disease.

Five other city residents tested positive for measles, the DoH said. One had visited Ha Noi, which is reeling from an unexpected measles epidemic.

By L. Tue, T. Kien - Translated by Tue Man

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