Rubella virus

  • John Coia
  • Heather Cubie
Part of the The Immunoassay Kit Directory book series (KIT, volume 2 / 1 / 3)


Rubella or German measles is caused by the rubella virus belonging to the Rubivirus genus within the family Togaviridae. It is very similar in structure to the alphaviruses but it has no antigenic similarity to them and is not arthropod-borne. It is therefore an RNA virus of about 60 nm in diameter with a central core and a fragile envelope.


Rubella Virus Assay Type Additional Reagent Congenital Rubella Syndrome Label Component 
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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1995

Authors and Affiliations

  • John Coia
    • 1
  • Heather Cubie
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Clinical MicrobiologyWestern General Hospital NHS TrustEdinburghScotland
  2. 2.Regional Virus LaboratoryCity HospitalEdinburghScotland

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