The rubella virus most often is spread through droplets of fluid from the mouth, nose, or eyes of someone who has the infection. A person who has the infection can spread these droplets by coughing, sneezing, talking, or sharing food or drinks. You can get infected by touching something that has the droplets on it and then touching your eyes, nose, or mouth before washing your hands.
If you have rubella, you are most likely to spread it a few days before the rash starts until 5 to 7 days after the rash first appears. But you can spread the virus even if you don't have any symptoms.
If you've had rubella, it is very unlikely that you will get it again.
What are the symptoms?
Symptoms of rubella may include:
A mild fever.
Swollen glands (lymph nodes), especially behind the ear and at the back of the head.
A mild rash that starts on the face and spreads to the neck, the chest, and the rest of the body.