Rubella, also known as German measles is a mild illness that causes
very few problems to the sufferer. It is so mild and short-lived
that is notoriously difficult to diagnose.
incubation period is 2 - 3 weeks. There may be a slight runny nose
with mild swelling of the glands at the back of the neck and behind
the ears. This may be followed by a pale pink rash that spreads
from the face onto the trunk. This faint rash may last for 2 - 3
days. The patient rarely has a fever. Adults may experience aching
in the joints.
Any unvaccinated person who has been in contact with someone either
suffering from the disease or incubating the disease.
Rubella is caused by a virus, that is spread in a similar fashion
to the measles virus - droplets spread from an infected person.
As the old saying goes, 'Coughs and sneezes spread diseases.'
you prevent rubella? Simple - by immunisation with the MMR vaccine.
should you treat rubella?
Special treatment is rarely needed. Give the child plenty of fluids
and keep any temperature under control. Keep the child away from
any woman known to be in early pregnancy. A pregnant woman coming
into contact with a case of rubella should consult her G.P.
Many people have had rubella without knowing a thing about it. An
unvaccinated adult may actually have the disease, without realising
and come into contact with a woman in early pregnancy who has not
had rubella or the vaccination. That unvaccinated woman may not
even know that she is in very early pregnancy!
that woman, in her early pregnancy, picks up the virus severe abnormalities
can develop in her unborn baby - if she is less than 10 weeks pregnant
there is a 90% likelihood of her baby being malformed. Babies affected
can suffer from deafness, blindness, severe abnormalities of the
heart and mental retardation.
does not affect adults - it deforms unborn babies. Make sure YOUR
daughter receives the MMR vaccine in order to protect HER children
from these dreadful effects.