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New Exhibit on the Rubella Epidemic: Rashes to Research

Tuesday, January 21st, 2020

A new exhibit from the National Library of Medicine is on display in the 1st floor lobby of HSL.   Rashes to Research: Scientists and Parents Confront the 1964 Rubella Epidemic, is a 6 poster display documenting the struggle to create a vaccine and develop screening tests while parents advocated for children affected by the disease.

Research in the 1940s and 1950s linked rubella infection early in a woman’s pregnancy to miscarriage, stillbirth, and a constellation of health problems known as congenital rubella syndrome (CRS).  Visit the online Rashes to Research module and explore how experts and parents tried to limit rubella’s impact in the years before an effective vaccine nearly eliminated the disease from the United States.


Produced by the National Library of Medicine, Rashes to Research will be on display January 20 – February 29, 2020.