Rubella (German Measles)
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Also known as German measles or three-day measles, rubella is a contagious, generally mild viral infection that usually occurs in children and young adults. The rubella virus is transmitted when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Alternatively, it can spread by direct contact with infected respiratory secretions like mucus. It can also be transmitted from a pregnant woman to her unborn child via the bloodstream.
Dangers to Pregnant Women
The primary medical danger of rubella is to pregnant women. If a pregnant woman contracts rubella, the complications for the unborn child can be severe. Up to 90% of babies develop congenital rubella syndrome if the mothers contracted rubella during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. This syndrome can cause issues such as:
- Congenital heart defects
- Defects in other organs
- Growth retardation
- Mental retardation
The highest risk to the baby is during the first trimester; however, exposure during later stages of pregnancy is also dangerous.
Signs & Symptoms
Symptoms of rubella are often mild so they may not be noticed, especially in children. If symptoms do develop, they generally don’t appear until two or three weeks after exposure to the virus. Symptoms are normally short-lived, lasting around two to three days. Characteristic clinical features include:
- Aching joints
- Inflamed, red eyes
- Mild conjunctivitis
- Mild fever of 102°F (38.9°C) or lower
- Stuffy or runny nose
- Enlarged, tender lymph nodes at the base of the skull, the back of the neck and behind the ears
- A pink rash that begins on the face and quickly spreads to the trunk and then the arms and legs, before disappearing in the same order
MMR Vaccine: Why get vaccinated?
There is no cure for rubella. Rubella can be prevented with MMR (measles-mumps-rubella) vaccine. MMR vaccine prevents most, but not all, cases of rubella and complications caused by the disease. RediClinic provides an MMR vaccine that is a three-in-one vaccination that can protect you and your children from rubella, measles and mumps.
Who should get the MMR vaccine and when?
To learn more about the MMR vaccine, who should get it and when, see RediClinic MMR Vaccine.
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