Rubella, also known as German measles or 3-day measles, is a contagious viral infection. The infection appears as a red rash on the face, trunk, and limbs, and then disappears a few days later. Before a rubella vaccine became available in 1969, outbreaks of the disease occurred every 6 to 9 years. Now rubella is rare in locations where vaccination is standard practice. In the United States, the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine, or MMR, given to children twice before they reach school age, has led to the eradication of the disease. However, it is important for parents to make sure their children are vaccinated. If a pregnant woman contracts rubella, the virus can cause serious birth defects or even be fatal to the fetus.

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Review Date: 3/25/2015  

Reviewed By: Steven D. Ehrlich, NMD, Solutions Acupuncture, a private practice specializing in complementary and alternative medicine, Phoenix, AZ. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network.

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