Complications of Rubella

If a pregnant woman contracts rubella, the unborn child may have some severe problems that can be fatal in some cases. Approximately 80% of the babies whose mothers had rubella during the first trimester of pregnancy develop a condition known as congenital rubella syndrome. This can cause problems including

  • Growth retardation
  • Cataracts
  • Deafness
  • Congenital heart defects
  • Defects in other organs
  • Intellectual disabilities

Rubella also causes Encephalitis (brain infection) in adults but this is extremely rare, 1 in 6000 cases. Blood problems including low platelet levels and hemorrhage have also been reported but these are also rare.