Rubella is a contagious viral illness. Once you have had rubella, you will not get sick with it again.
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Babies, whose mothers have rubella during pregnancy, especially during the first trimester, can be born with severe birth defects including:
Last reviewedSeptember 2012by Kari Kassir, MD
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