Rubella (German measles) is an infectious disease caused by a virus. Usually it is short-lived, but it can be particularly harmful in pregnant women because it can cause birth defects in the baby. Rubella is spread by touching fluid droplets from another person who is infected -- this could be a sneeze, shared food or drinks, or other causes. Symptoms are a mild fever, swollen glands, a rash, and possibly joint pain, eye pain, or a sore throat. With rubella, the primary remedies treat the symptoms. A vaccine is available to prevent rubella. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about how rubella is contracted, what it looks like, how to treat it, and much more.
WebMD talks with Robert Sears, MD, and experts from the CDC and American Academy of Pediatrics about Sears' alternative vaccine schedule for infants.
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