Basic Summary for Rubella


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Main name of condition: Rubella
Other names or spellings: German Measles, Measles, German


What is Rubella?
  Brief description of Rubella: Viral infection now rare due to vaccination.
  Parent types of Rubella: Viral diseases, Vaccine-preventable diseases, Diseases contagious from droplets
How many people get Rubella?
  Incidence (annual) of Rubella: 364 cases annually (1998); incidence greatly reduced by MMR vaccination programs
  Incidence Rate of Rubella: approx 1 in 747,252 or 0.00% or 364 people in USA [about data]
How serious is Rubella?
  Prognosis of Rubella: Not usually serious (self-limiting) except in pregnant women whose child may get congenital rubella syndrome
  Complications of Rubella: see complications of Rubella
What causes Rubella?
  Class of Condition for Rubella: viral
  Risk factors for Rubella: see risk factors for Rubella
What are the symptoms of Rubella?
  Incubation period for Rubella: about 2 to 3 weeks
  Duration of Rubella: usually 7-10 days
  Symptoms of Rubella: see symptoms of Rubella
Can anyone else get Rubella?
  Contagion of Rubella: Spread by airborne droplet transmission.
  More information: see contagiousness of Rubella
How is it treated?
  Treatments for Rubella: see treatments for Rubella
  Prevention of Rubella: see prevention of Rubella
Society issues for Rubella
  Hospitalization statistics for Rubella: The following are statistics from various sources about hospitalizations and Rubella:
  • 0.0002% (21) of hospital consultant episodes were for rubella (german measles) in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 100% of hospital consultant episodes for rubella (german measles) required hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 52% of hospital consultant episodes for rubella (german measles) were for men in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 48% of hospital consultant episodes for rubella (german measles) were for women in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 95% of hospital consultant episodes for rubella (german measles) required emergency hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • .5 days was the mean length of stay in hospitals for rubella (german measles) in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 0 days was the median length of stay in hospitals for rubella (german measles) in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 3 was the mean age of patients hospitalised for rubella (german measles) in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 5% of hospital consultant episodes for rubella (german measles) occurred in 15-59 year olds in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 0% of hospital consultant episodes for rubella (german measles) occurred in people over 75 in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 0% of hospital consultant episodes for rubella (german measles) were single day episodes in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 0% (11) of hospital bed days were for rubella (german measles) in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)

Last revision: June 13, 2003

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