VALPARAISO, Ind. (WISH) - A case of rubella has been diagnosed in an international student at Valparaiso University in Porter County, health officials confirm.
Rubella, the German measles, is a contagious, viral respiratory disease primarily transmitted through direct of droplet contact, according to a release. It is rare in the U.S. due to to measles, mumps and rubella vaccines though officials say visitors from other countries or U.S. citizens who travel abroad can become infected while traveling.
One case of rubella was confirmed in Indiana in 2012. Before that, there had not been a case in the state since 1996.
Health officials say a major public health risk with rubella is congenital rubella syndrome, which occurs when a pregnant woman is exposed.
Residents in the county and on campus may have been exposed to rubella at the below locations on July 7:
- Target (2420 Laporte Ave., Valparaiso)
- 7-11 (708 E. Lincoln Way, Valparaiso)
The university is contacting those who may have been exposed. If you feel you have, or are experiencing symptoms, stay at home and away from others and call your doctor.
According to a release from the Indiana State Department of Health, symptoms include:
- In children, rubella usually causes a rash that starts on the face and spreads to the rest of the body, accompanied by a low fever (less than 101 degrees). These symptoms last two or three days.
- Older children and adults may also have swollen glands and symptoms like a cold before the rash appears.
- Aching joints occur in many cases, especially among young women.
- About half of the people who get rubella do not have symptoms.
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