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why is rubella called "german measles"?

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Dr. Steven Bowers
Internal Medicine 33 years experience
First description: Rubella is a viral illness that was first described by german physicians in the middle of the 18th century. It became known as german measles because of where it was first described, and because the rash it produces is similar in appearance to the rash of measles or rubeola.
Dr. Ecaterina Sartina
Pediatrics 35 years experience
Discovered in German: Rubella is often called “german measles, ” but it is not related to measles at all. It got this name because the rash caused by rubella looks like measles, and the disease was first discovered in germany. http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vpd-vac/rubella/fs-parents.html.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
German Measles: Three German physicians were involved with the description/ confirmation of Rubella. Friedrich Hoffmann (1740), De Bergen (1752) & Orlow in 1758. A fourth German physician(George de Maton – 1814) differentiated it from the diseases of Measles & Scarlet Fever. This led to the name “German Measles”.

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A 25-year-old member asked:

Help me out here: what is german measles?

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Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
Rubella: Rubella is the virus causing the "german" measles, sometimes called the "three day" measles. It can cause serious problems for an unborn baby (congenital rubella syndrome) if mom contracts this virus in the first half of the pregnancy. Other than in pregnancy, severe or serious complications are uncommon with rubella.
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A 25-year-old member asked:

I don't want to develop german measles. What steps can I take?

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Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Pediatrics 35 years experience
MMR vaccine...: ...Is safe and highly effective in prevention of rubella, or german measles. Or you can choose to live in a place where everybody but you has had the MMR so you have no one to catch it from.
A 48-year-old member asked:

Is rubella part of the red measles family?

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Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
Not sure of meaning: Rubella is one of the classic childhood illnesses producing a rash, but having never heard the term "red measles family" it is difficult to comment on. Measles is caused by a different virus.
A 45-year-old member asked:

What symptoms do you get from german measles?

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Dr. Luis Villaplana
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
AKA 3 DAY MEASLES: Is transmitted via coughing or sneezing, it is not the same disease as measles. Common symptoms may be so mild that they may go unnoticed. When symptoms are present, yhey typically consist of low grade fever, headache, runny or stuffy nose, irritated or swollen eyes, back of the neck gland swelling, behind ears or base of skull and joint pain. The most common symptom is a rash trunk to extremiti.
A 36-year-old member asked:

Can you get german measles after having regular measles?

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Dr. Alfredo Garcia
Pediatrics 56 years experience
Rubeola or rubella: Please do not confuse measles, also called rubeola, with german measles whose other name is rubella. Both illnesses are caused by different viruses. Infection with the measles virus does not confer immunity to german measles and vice versa.

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