VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) — State health officials say an international
student at Valparaiso University has been diagnosed with rubella, the
first confirmed case of the disease in Indiana since 2012.
Health officials say people in the Porter County area and on the campus in
Valparaiso may have been exposed to rubella, also known as German measles.
Health officials are advising people who were at the Target store on
LaPorte Avenue or the 7-Eleven on Lincoln Way in Valparaiso to contact
their health care provider to check their immunization records.
Rubella is a contagious, viral respiratory disease transmitted primarily
through direct or droplet contact. Rubella is rare in the United States
because of widespread availability of the measles, mumps, and rubella
Valparaiso University is contacting students, faculty and parents who may
have been exposed.
The Indiana State Department of Health press release follows:
CONFIRMED AT VALPARAISO UNIVERSITY
of rubella (German measles) has been diagnosed in an international student
at Valparaiso University in Porter County. State and local health
officials are working with the university to identify potential additional
Rubella is a contagious, viral respiratory disease transmitted
primarily through direct or droplet contact. Rubella is rare in the United
States due to the widespread availability of the measles, mumps, and
rubella (MMR) vaccine, however visitors from
other countries or U.S. citizens traveling abroad can become infected
before or during travel. Indiana had one case of rubella in 2012,
but prior to that, the state had not had a case since 2012.
The major public health risk associated with rubella is
congenital rubella syndrome (CRS), which occurs when a pregnant woman is
exposed to rubella. Infection may cause severe birth defects or death in
an unborn baby.
in the Porter County area and on campus may have been exposed to rubella.
If you visited the following locations on Sunday, July 7, 2013, please
contact your health care provider to check your immunization status.
Laporte Ave., Valparaiso)
7-11 (708 E.
Lincoln Way, Valparaiso)
University is contacting students, faculty and parents who may have been
More than 95 percent of people who receive a single dose of
MMR will develop immunity to rubella and more than 99 percent will be
protected after receiving a second dose. One dose of rubella-containing
vaccine (measles-mumps-rubella) is needed to be fully protected.
Individuals are encouraged to check with their health care providers to
ensure vaccinations are up-to-date.
Children are routinely vaccinated for rubella at 1 year of
age, and again at 4-6 years of age before going to kindergarten.
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
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.
you can do
If you are experiencing the
symptoms of rubella and feel you may have been exposed, stay home and call
your doctor. Be prepared to describe your symptoms and alert your doctor
if you think you have been in contact with an infected person. If you are
ill with rubella, remain home and away from others, especially pregnant
women, unvaccinated infants and people with diseases affecting their
For more information about rubella, please visit the Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention at
visit the Indiana State Department of Health, go to