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What is rubella?

Page last updated 26 June 2018

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

  1. Victoria State Government. Better Health Channel. Rubella. Available at: (accessed 15 April 2018).
  2. Queensland State Government Health. Rubella (German measles). Available at: (accessed 15 April 2018).

SPANZ.SAPAS.18.04.0138a - Date of preparation May 2018