Rubella (German measles) is a contagious viral illness that is now uncommon due to immunization. Usually, it causes little more than a mild red rash that spreads from the face to the body. Often there are no symptoms. A child may start with a mild fever, swollen glands, and a runny nose 2-3weeks after contact with the infection. Adults maybe also have a headache and joint pain. The main risk of rubella is that it can harm the fetus if a woman contacts the virus in pregnancy, particularly in the early months.

What you can yourself

  • Take a painkiller to reduce fever and relieve a headache and joint pain.
  • Drink a lot of fluids to prevent dehydration.
  • As soon as you think that you have rubella, avoid contact with anyone who might be pregnant. Rubella is infectious for about 7 days before the rash develops and for 5 days afterwards.