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What is rubella?

Page last updated 28 April 2020

Rubella is an infection caused by a virus. It is sometimes called German measles, although it is not related to measles itself.

People with rubella often get a skin rash and joint pain. In most people, rubella is a mild disease, but it can have severe consequences for an unborn baby. If a pregnant woman contracts rubella, her baby is at risk of severe and permanent birth defects or miscarriage/death.

Sources & Citations

2. Victoria State Government. Better Health Channel. Rubella. Available at: (accessed 19 March 2020).

SPANZ.SAPAS.18.04.0138(1)a - Date of preparation April 2020