Valparaiso U. student diagnosed with rubella

VALPARAISO, Ind. - Health officials say an international student at Valparaiso University has been diagnosed with rubella, Indiana's second confirmed case of the disease since 1996.

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 advises people who were at the Target store on LaPorte Avenue or the 7-Eleven on Lincoln Way in Valparaiso on July 7 to contact their health care providers 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 the widespread availability of the measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine.

Valparaiso University is contacting students, faculty and parents who may have been exposed.

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