Warning Issued Over Possible Rubella Exposure at Auto Show

A warning has been issued involving rubella at the North American International Auto Show — the first reported case in Michigan since 2007.

The Michigan Department of Health issued a statement Friday reporting a resident of a nearby state was diagnosed with the disease and may have been contagious while in Detroit from Jan. 13 to 14.

Rubella, also known as the German measles, can cause a low-grade fever, sore throat and a rash that starts on the face and spreads to the rest of the body. It is an airborne virus and spread through coughing and sneezing.  Symptoms can begin between 12 and 23 days. 

The disease can also cause a miscarriage or serious birth defects in a developing baby if a woman is unvaccinated and infected while she is pregnant. 

People infected with rubella are most contagious when the rash is erupting, but they can be contagious from seven days before to seven days after the rash appears. 

The Department of Health recommends anyone who may have been exposed and is unsure of their vaccination status should seek medical attention.