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Alternate Names : German Measles, Three-Day Measles

Overview, Causes, & Risk Factors | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

Rubella, or German measles, is a viral infection characterized by a rash.

What is going on in the body?

The rubella virus is spread when uninfected people come in contact with secretions from infected persons. Most frequently, this is due to exposure to droplets from coughs and sneezes and mucous from the nose. Rubella can also be passed from a mother to her fetus during pregnancy.

What are the causes and risks of the infection?

The rubella virus causes this infection. The main risks of this infection are related to brain involvement or infections in a fetus. Either of these cases may result in permanent brain damage or death. Infections in a fetus may cause multiple severe defects in the newborn.


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Rubella: Symptoms & Signs

Author: Danielle Zerr, MD
Reviewer: Adam Brochert, MD
Date Reviewed: 07/27/01

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