Valparaiso U. student diagnosed with rubella

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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 vaccine.

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

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