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What is rubella? 

Rubella, commonly known as German Measles, is an infection that affects the skin and lymph nodes. 

What are the signs and symptoms?

Signs and symptoms are commonly seen 14 to 21 days after exposure and include:

  • Widespread rash
  • Swelling of the lymph nodes behind the ear and at the base of the skull
  • Mild coughing and sneezing
  • Reddening of eye

How is it spread?

Rubella can be spread by:

  • Breathing in contaminated air, from an infected person who is sneezing, coughing, or speaking.
  • Touching contaminated hands, surfaces, or objects, such as tissues.

How long is it contagious?

Rubella is contagious for 7 days before rash starts and for 7 days after the rash appears.

Should I see a health care provider?

Yes, contact your health care provider if you think you or your child has rubella.