Rubella virus causes the disease rubella and congenital rubella syndrome in pregnancy. Rubella has symptoms like the flu, however, the most important symptom is the appearance of a rash on the face that spreads. Other symptoms include: fever, swollen glands, and joint pains. Rare problems that could arise are brain inflammation and ear infection. Congenital rubella syndrome is present in newborns. A pregnant woman who has contracted rubella passes it on to the fetus. The classic three symptoms are: deafness, eye abnormalities, and congenital heart disease. Other symptoms may be: spleen and liver problems, intellectual disability, and low birth weight. In many cases, pregnant women may lose their child, due to a miscarriage.