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Rubella, commonly known as German measles, is a disease caused by the rubella virus[?]. The virus usually enters the body through the nose or throat. The disease can last 1-5 days. Children recover more quickly than adults.


Symptoms of rubella include:

Risks Rubella can affect anyone of any age and is generally a mild disease. However, rubella can cause congenital rubella syndrome in the fetus of an infected pregnant woman.

Prevention & Treatment Fewer cases of rubella occur since a vaccine became available in 1969. Most people are vaccinated against rubella as children at 12-15 months of age. A second dose is required before age 11.

Symptoms are usually treated with acetaminophen until the disease has run its course.

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