Macau Health Bureau has rubbished the claims of a potential Rubella outbreak in the gambling capital of the world. However, the fact remains that there have been increasing cases of rubella victims over the past month.
It all started when twelve employees working at the City of Dreams Cotia and StarWorld Hotel were diagnosed with the Rubella. Following the confirmed diagnosis, a series of sanitization measures were taken by the government bodies. However, that did not stop another two cases to surface again by April 24.
Full medical check-up of the employees working at the casino resorts was carried out. The results disappointed as several employees were found positive. The number of Rubella cases is higher in pregnant women.
Altogether thirty-seven confirmed cases of Rubella have been reported in Macau this year, of which twenty-four of them happen to be casino employees. Despite the rising numbers, the Health Bureau has said that it is not an outbreak, not even close.
The Health Bureau explains the increasing numbers as “external factors” and has said that the high vaccination rates in Macau have prevented epidemics.
It is recommended that people visiting Macau should get a vaccination against Rubella. Though the Health Bureau is not considering it as an outbreak, the number of confirmed cases has increased. Also, the bureau could be concerned or under pressure to declare an outbreak as it would negatively impact an already suffering gambling revenue figures.