Apple confirmed to Raidi Teilifs ireann (RTE, Ireland's public broadcaster) that the company is partnering with the Irish Health Service Executive for a rubella case identified on the corporate campus of Hollyhill, Cork, where they are located thousands of employees.
This is the first rubella case identified in the nation in over a decade. The HSE reports that all precautionary measures have been taken to alert people who may have been in contact with the patient diagnosed with the infectious disease.
The HSE said it had been informed of the problem "in the past few weeks". The company managers did not however want to release specific comments on the case and indications on the identity of the infected person. The case came to light late last month. RTE News reports that it spoke to a source among the employees reporting concerns about the measures that will be taken in the facility after staff have been informed of the problem.
In an email sent to Hollyhill campus staff, Apple explains, "The health and well-being of our employees is our top priority and we want to ensure that all local team members are aware of the situation and know the resources available to them." . Again: "The possibility of contracting low rubella and in most cases mild symptoms". Pregnant women are advised to carry out checks; in infants it usually has a benign course; but when an unimmunized woman is infected, she can develop congenital rubella syndrome, which can lead to abortion in some cases and produce serious and permanent disabilities in the baby.
Exanthematous rubella (causes a typical rash accompanied by a number of other symptoms, such as: fever, malaise) and contagious. Together with measles, chicken pox, whooping cough, mumps, one of the most common infections that occur in children. Most of the time it is configured as a mild childhood disease with a benign course. Once contracted, the disease confers definitive immunization which drastically reduces the risk of new infections, as is also the case with measles, mumps and chicken pox. Like the latter, rubella has such an infectivity that it falls into the class of so-called "epidemic diseases". Pima of the introduction of vaccines, it is estimated that at least 80% of people were infected by the age of 20 years.
There are no specific treatments for rubella, which usually only requires symptomatic treatment. In order to prevent severe forms of congenital rubella syndrome, which can lead to severe permanent disabilities, the vaccine is essential for all women who pass puberty without having contracted the disease.
In Ireland (as in Italy), rubella is a compulsory notification disease: the doctor who suspects a case of rubella must report the suspect to the local health authority by telephone, fax or email, within 12 hours of suspicion.