What is Rubella?

  • Rubella is a contagious disease caused by a virus. Most people who get rubella usually have a mild illness, with symptoms that can include a low-grade fever, sore throat, and a rash that starts on the face and spreads to the rest of the body. Rubella can cause a miscarriage or serious birth defects in a developing baby if a woman is infected while she is pregnant. 
  • The best protection against rubella is MMR (measles-mumps-rubella) vaccine.

Is this a reportable illness?

  • This is a reportable illness to CDPH. Please work with your school nurse to confirm this diagnosis, gather the needed information and report as soon as possible but within 24 hours.

What do schools need to do next?

  • Report confirmed diagnosis to CDPH.
  • Sick Person
    • Exclude cases for 7 days after the onset of the rash
  • Close Contacts
    • Exclude susceptible contacts from school or the workplace from days 7-23 following rash onset after last exposure.
  • No special cleaning is required.


  • A draft parent letter is available through CDPH upon the confirmation of a reported case.
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