What is Rubella?
Rubella is a highly contagious disease caused by the rubella virus. It is spread from one to another through direct contact (eg kissing) or through the air such as when a person with rubella coughs, talks or sneezes. Symptoms include a rash, fever, nausea, swollen glands, aching joints and red sore eyes. Rarely, people may have internal bleeding or inflammation of the brain. The infection is most severe in an unborn baby who may develop infection in all organs and have major birth defects or death. There is a vaccine that can protect travellers called Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR).