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Rubella Rash Covering the Back

Rubella is Commonly Known as the German Measles and Typically Has an Itchy Rash


Updated August 11, 2010

Rash of rubella on skin of child's back.
Image courtesy CDC
Rubella is the medical term for the German measles. Rubella has a rash that often covers a large area of the body and a fever. It doesn't usually last more than 3 or 4 days. It's a very mild disease in kids and young adults.

Rubella is especially dangerous for fetal development in pregnant women. According to the CDC, there is a 20% chance of birth defects if the mother gets rubella during pregnancy.

Rubella can be prevented with MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccinations.

Any opinions expressed here are for educational purposes only and are not intended for diagnosis.

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"CDC Vaccines & Immunizations." 12 Jun 2009. Rubella (German Measles) Vaccination. CDC. 13 Sep 2009

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