Alternate Names : Three day measles, German measles
Rubella is a contagious infection in which there is a rash on the skin.
Overview, Causes, & Risk Factors
The disease is caused by a virus that is spread through the air or by close contact.
A person can transmit the disease from 1 week before the rash begins, until 1 - 2 weeks after the rash disappears. The disease is less contagious than rubeola (measles). After an infection, people have immunity to the disease for the rest of their lives.
In children and adults, rubella is usually mild and may even go unnoticed.
Risk factors include:
- Not being vaccinated against rubella
- Exposure to an active rubella virus
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