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What is the rubella?

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rubellaRubella is a viral infection. The virus is spread from person to person through saliva or other secretions. Contacting with a person with rubella makes your odds of catching it high unless you are vaccinated.

Once you get rubella virus you can have some signs and symptoms such as:

  • a distinctive red-pink skin rash
  • swollen glands (nodes)
  • cold-like symptoms such as a sore head and runny nose

The problem will be worse if a pregnant woman catches rubella virus. If she get rubella in during the first 16 weeks of her pregnancy the rubella virus can disrupt the development of the baby and cause a wide range of health problems, such as:

  • eye problems, such as cataracts (cloudy patches on the lens of the eye)
  • deafness
  • heart abnormalities
  • brain damage

Diagnosing rubella is not difficult, with blood test, rubella can be found, however, you should not go to the hospital for testing if you do not make an appointment because you will put any pregnant women who may be there at risk of catching the rubella infection.

There is no treatment available for rubella infection. In almost all cases the infection is simply allowed to run its course. Paracetamol or ibuprofen can be used to reduce the fever and treat any aches or pains. Liquid infant paracetamol can be used for young children. Aspirin should not be given to children under 16 years old.

Besides, rubella can be easily prevented with vaccinate, so it is wise to have rubella vacinate to protect your health as well your children.

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