Rubella is a mild febrile illness with a diffuse punctate, maculopapular rash that resembles the rash of several other communicable diseases. Patients may also have swollen glands, headache, upper respiratory symptoms and fatigue. Transmission is via contact with nasopharyngeal secretions or direct contact with those who are ill.
The incubation period is 14 to 17 days but can be as long as 21 days. Patients are communicable for up to 7 days before they developed a rash and for 4 days after it begins. There is great concern about congenital abnormalities in babies born to women infected with Rubella while they are pregnant. You may call your PCP team if you have any further questions or concerns.