Human skin with rubella marks
What is rubella
Rubella is a disease caused by viruses. Your virus usually doesn't attack very hard and can often go unnoticed. However, this feature makes the disease difficult to diagnose.
Just like many viruses, it enters, it enters our body through the nose or throat. The disease can last from one to five days, however the virus can remain incubated for up to three weeks.
Children usually recover from rubella faster than adults. Of course this depends a lot on the treatment given to the sick.
Because many viruses can survive in the respiratory tract, they are transmitted from person to person through droplets of saliva suspended in the air. These enter a new "host" through the breathing process.
On pregnant woman
Rubella can be a major risk when it affects a pregnant woman, since it can be transmitted to the fetus through the blood system via the placenta.
If the pregnant woman is infected during the first 20 weeks of pregnancy, the child may be born with several sequelae.
- Rubella leaves red marks on the infected person's body (see photo above).
- There is a rubella vaccine.
PLEASE NOTE: The information on this page is only for research and school work. Therefore, they should not be used for medical advice. To do so, see a doctor for advice and proper treatment.