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What is Rubella?

What is Rubella?

  • Rubella: A contagious viral infection caused by the Rubella virus which produces a rash and lymph node swelling. It can have serious implication in pregnant women as the virus can be transmitted through the placenta and cause serious fetal defects or even fetal death.
  • Rubella: acute infectious disease caused by the rubella virus and most often affecting children and nonimmune young adults, in which the virus enters the respiratory tract via droplet nuclei and spreads to the lymphatic system; ; usually benign; however transplacental infection of the fetus in the first trimester can cause death or severe developmental abnormalities.
    Source - Diseases Database
  • Rubella: a contagious viral disease that is a milder form of measles lasting three or four days; can be damaging to a fetus during the first trimester.
    Source - WordNet 2.1

Rubella is listed as a "rare disease" by the Office of Rare Diseases (ORD) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This means that Rubella, or a subtype of Rubella, affects less than 200,000 people in the US population.
Source - National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Rubella: Introduction

Types of Rubella:

Broader types of Rubella:

How many people get Rubella?

Incidence (annual) of Rubella: 364 cases annually (1998); incidence greatly reduced by MMR vaccination programs
Incidence Rate of Rubella: approx 1 in 747,252 or 0.00% or 364 people in USA [about data]

How serious is Rubella?

Prognosis of Rubella: Not usually serious (self-limiting) except in pregnant women whose child may get congenital rubella syndrome
Complications of Rubella: see complications of Rubella

What causes Rubella?

Causes of Rubella: see causes of Rubella
Risk factors for Rubella: see risk factors for Rubella

What are the symptoms of Rubella?

Symptoms of Rubella: see symptoms of Rubella

Complications of Rubella: see complications of Rubella

Incubation period for Rubella: about 2 to 3 weeks

Duration of Rubella: usually 7-10 days

Can anyone else get Rubella?

Contagion of Rubella: Spread by airborne droplet transmission.
More information: see contagiousness of Rubella
Inheritance: see inheritance of Rubella

Rubella: Testing

Diagnostic testing: see tests for Rubella.

Misdiagnosis: see misdiagnosis and Rubella.

How is it treated?

Treatments for Rubella: see treatments for Rubella
Prevention of Rubella: see prevention of Rubella
Research for Rubella: see research for Rubella

Society issues for Rubella


Hospitalization statistics for Rubella: The following are statistics from various sources about hospitalizations and Rubella:

  • 0.0002% (21) of hospital consultant episodes were for rubella (german measles) in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 100% of hospital consultant episodes for rubella (german measles) required hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 52% of hospital consultant episodes for rubella (german measles) were for men in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 48% of hospital consultant episodes for rubella (german measles) were for women in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 95% of hospital consultant episodes for rubella (german measles) required emergency hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • .5 days was the mean length of stay in hospitals for rubella (german measles) in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 0 days was the median length of stay in hospitals for rubella (german measles) in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
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Name and Aliases of Rubella

Main name of condition: Rubella

Class of Condition for Rubella: viral

Other names or spellings for Rubella:

German Measles, Measles, German, three-day measles

German measles Source - Diseases Database

German measles, Three-day measles, Epidemic roseola
Source - WordNet 2.1

German measles, Three day measles, Three day measles
Source - Office of Rare Diseases (ORD) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH)

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