(German Measles; 3-Day Measles)
DefinitionRubella is an upper respiratory infection most known for its red rash.
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CausesRubella is caused by a virus. The virus is passed from person to person through tiny droplets in the air.
Risk FactorsFactors that may increase your risk of rubella include:
- Never having the condition
- Never receiving an immunization for rubella
SymptomsMany people with rubella do not have symptoms. In those who do have them, symptoms are usually mild and include:
- Red, spotty rash all over the body
- Fatigue, low energy, and discomfort
- Swollen lymph nodes
- Flushed face
- Red throat that is not sore
- Achy joints and arthritis , especially in adults
- Intellectual disability and/or behavior problems
- Hearing problems
- Vision abnormalities, blindness, and/or cataracts
- Heart defects
- Increased risk of diabetes throughout early life
- Miscarriage or stillbirth
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