Michigan health department warns Auto Show attendees of possible rubella exposure


    The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is alerting attendees of the North American International Auto Show in Detroit of possible exposure to rubella, which is also known as the German measles. (WWMT/File - MGN)

    Anyone who attended the North American International Auto Show in Detroit on Jan. 12-15 could have been exposed to rubella, also known as German measles.

    The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services was alerted by another state that a person attending the Auto Show was diagnosed with rubella and may have been contagious while in Detroit.

    Rubella can be prevented with a vaccine that is commonly given in routine childhood immunization. Anyone who might have been exposed and are not sure of their vaccination status should contact a healthcare provider.

    Symptoms of rubella include a low-grade fever, sore throat and a rash that starts on the face and spreads to the rest of the body. The virus could be airborne and spreads though coughing and sneezing. It is most contagious during the rash and could be contagious seven days before to seven days after the rash.

    The last reported case of rubella in Michigan was 2007.

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more information about rubella.

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