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.
What Is Rubella?
Rubella is a contagious childhood infection caused by a virus. Learn why it can be serious during pregnancy, and how to avoid catching it.
Why Do I Need a Rubella Test?
A simple blood test can show if you've had rubella (German measles) recently or if you're immune to it. Find out more about this test and their results.
Adult MMR Vaccine: Advantages, Side Effects, Guidelines
WebMD explains the MMR vaccine for adults, including who should get it and possible side effects.
Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) Vaccine
The MMR vaccine is very important for children and some adults who have not yet been exposed or vaccinated. WebMD explains who should get the vaccine and when.