One rubella case confirmed in Milwaukee County

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MILWAUKEE -- The City of Milwaukee Health Department has confirmed one case of rubella, also known as German measles in Milwaukee County.

Officials say a driver for American United Taxi has a confirmed case of the illness and people who rode in the driver's cab could be at risk. The General Manager of American United Taxi tells us the driver is a cash only driver who works the night shift.

Health officials say not everyone infected with rubella exhibits symptoms.

"Half of the people may be asypmtomatic, or not showing a clear clinical picture of symptoms, or have very mild symptoms. It's important people call so we can consult with them and assure that they have full vaccination and again are protecting their loved ones, especially women of child bearing age. Pregnant women in the first trimester are very susceptible to this infection and its severe consequences," Paul Biedrzycki with the Milwaukee Health Department said.

Those who may have traveled in an American United cab, between April 13th and April 21st may have been exposed to rubella.

If you think you may have been exposed, you're asked to contact the Health Department at (414) 286-3521.

Health officials advise individuals to be sure they have their MMR vaccination. The last rubella case in Milwaukee occurred back in 2008.

CLICK HERE for more information on rubella from the Milwaukee Health Department's website.