Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

Viral Exanthem Rubella Transmission

Facts about the transmission of rubella:

  • Rubella is spread person to person.
    • People send tiny droplets of water into the air when coughing.
    • Breathing these droplets cause an infection.
  • Viruses can remain on various objects for a period of time.
    • Touching a contaminated object then touching the mouth will spread the virus.
  • Rubella is contagious from about 1 week before the rash begins, until after the rash has resolved.
  • Rubella is also easily transmitted from a pregnant mother to her developing fetus.

Last Updated: Aug 9, 2008 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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