WANTED: Rubella Virus

Causes German Measles

Scientific Name:

Rubella virus

How Rubella Spreads

The cause of rubella is a virus that's passed from person to person. The virus is spread by airborne respiratory droplets. It can spread when an infected person coughs or sneezes, or it can spread by direct contact with an infected person's respiratory secretions, such as mucus. It can also be transmitted from a pregnant woman to her unborn child via the bloodstream.


The hallmark symptoms of rubella are an elevated body temperature and a pink rash.


Although it most commonly occurs in young children, it can affect anyone. Also, anyone who is not vaccinated for Rubella is at a much higher risk of getting it. It is easy to get rubella from foreigners who have not been vaccinated that have come to the United States.

Stongest Weapon

The strongest weapon against the Rubella virus is the immunization vaccine named MMR. MMR stands for measles, mumps, and rubella. Most children are given their first vaccination when they are around 1. The next shot is typically given right before entering school at age 4 or 5.

Hide Out

The rubella virus is found in the noses and throats of infected people. The rash can be found on any area of the infected person's body.

Short Video on Rubella

Rubella Health Byte