Rubella is a contagious disease caused by the rubella virus. Rubella is a notifiable disease. It is usually a mild acute viral disease accompanied by a low grade fever and a red rash usually starting on the face and progressing from head to foot. It may be fleeting but typically lasts about 3 days. It can be itchy. The rash is fainter than the measles rash and may be more obvious after a hot shower or bath. The most serious consequences of rubella infection occur when a pregnant woman is infected in the early stages of pregnancy. Damage to foetus is common in early pregnancy. The best protection against rubella is MMR (measles-mumps-rubella) vaccine.
Rubella in Ireland, 2017
At the meetings of WHO European Regional Verification Committee (RVC) for measles and rubella elimination, in October 2015, October 2016 and June 2017, the WHO European RVC concluded, that Ireland provided evidence for the elimination of rubella.1,2,3,4References
Last updated: 27 April 2018