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Rubella is an illness caused by a virus. The virus can result in a rash, mild fever, or arthritis . Pregnant women who have rubella are at increased risk for miscarriage . Their babies may be born with severe birth defects, including:
- Mental retardation
- Behavior problems
- Vision problems
- Hearing loss
- Heart defects
- Increased risk of diabetes throughout life
Rubella is passed from person to person through droplets in the air.
- Swollen lymph nodes
- Flushed face
- Red throat (although not sore)
- Achy joints and arthritis (especially in adults)
- Red, spotty rash all over the body
Rash and fever generally last for 2-3 days.
There is no treatment for rubella. Taking acetaminophen (Tylenol)...