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Rubella (German measles) rash

Child with rash caused by rubella on face, neck, and chest, with close-up of rash

Rubella usually causes a rash that is mild, starts on the face, and spreads to the neck, the chest, and the rest of the body. It may first appear as a mild blush before it develops into a more pinpoint rash. Rubella is also called German measles or 3-day measles.

Current as of: September 23, 2020

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:
John Pope MD - Pediatrics
Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
Christine Hahn MD - Epidemiology

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