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Are measles and german measles the same?

Are measles and german measles the same?

No: Measles (also known as rubeola) is caused by a completely different virus from german measles (also known as rubella), but you can prevent being infected by both viruses by getting the MMR (mumps, measles, rubella) vaccination. ...Read more

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Measles (Definition)

Also known as rubeola, this is a formerly common childhood viral infection that causes a fever with cough, runny nose, red eyes, and a characteristic red rash. Rare complications include pneumonia and encephalitis. The ...Read more


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What are the differences between german measles and normal measles?

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What are the differences between german measles and normal measles?

See below: German measles presents with impressive generalized rash lasting only 3 days, mild fever, and swollen lymph nodes. Measles, in contrast, presents with higher fever, cough, runny nose, conjunctivitis, and generalized rash. Complications including pneumonia, otitis media, and diarrhea are common in children with measles. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of german measles in baby?

Rubella: Rubella is also known as german measles. Child can have fever, rash, irritability, decreased appetite, lymph node enlargement, etc. Any rash with fever in a child should be evaluated by the doctor. ...Read more

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What are the signs of rubella, chicken pox, and measles?

What are the signs of rubella, chicken pox, and measles?

Exanthems: Here is a link with descriptions of the 5 viral exanthems of childhood: http://childrensnational.org/choose-childrens/conditions-and-treatments/skin-disorders/viral-exanthems-rashes?sc_lang=en ...Read more

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Who created the measles and rubella vaccine?

Measles vaccine was : Measle vaccine was invented in 1953 by john franklin enders, and jonas buttococking invented rubella vaccine in 1960s. ...Read more

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The rash and joint symptoms of german measles are very rare in the u.S.?

Yes.: German measles, or rubella, has become rare in the United States because of the availability of a very effective vaccine. Since it became available in the late 1960s, no major outbreaks have occurred here. That is not true in other parts of the world, however. ...Read more

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Is whooping cough and the croup the same diphtheria virus just different names?

Is whooping cough and the croup the same diphtheria virus just different names?

Not at All: Whooping cough is caused by bv.Pertussis. Croup is caused by many viruses diptheria is neither of the above and unique. The symptoms however may be similar. ...Read more

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What are the chances of getting german measles(rubella) after the MMR jab?

None except rash : 5% of patients may get slight rashand mild fever as a reaction to this live attenuated vaccine 10 to 12 days after the vaccination, but it is not rubella. ...Read more

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What are some of the later symptoms of german measles?

What are some of the later symptoms of german measles?

There are none: German measles (rubella) is often never even noticed and at worst produces an uncomfortable arthritis and mild viral-type illness. However, the great concern is permanent damage to the unborn child before 20 weeks. Before the vaccine, the effects were familiar to everyone -- these blind, deaf, brain-damaged &/or deformed children were common sights. Be grateful for immunization. ...Read more

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Were symptoms of measles in the 1890s the same as symptoms of measles in the 1990's?

Were symptoms of measles in the 1890s the same as symptoms of measles in the 1990's?

Yes: Yes but in the 1890's more people died from the measles than in the 1990's due to improved medical care. Measles is not a good virus to catch so get vaccinated. ...Read more

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Are the varicella zoster virus and shingles the same thing?

Are the varicella zoster virus and shingles the same thing?

Word games: One is the name of a virus, the other is one condition that virus can cause. ...Read more

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What kind of rashes are in german measles?

What kind of rashes are in german measles?

Two: A diffuse macularpapular discrete rash covering the trunk and spreading centripetally to extremities, usually lasting 3-5 days. There is a second rash that occurs 20% of the time inside the oral cavity called an enanthem. This is forchheimer sign. Also, lymph nodes are swollen behind ears. ...Read more

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How are the chicken pox vaccine and the shingles vaccine distinguished from each other?

How are the chicken pox vaccine and the shingles vaccine distinguished from each other?

Strength/target: The varicella (chickenpox) vaccine has the amount of weakened virus needed to trigger protective levels of antibodies in kids over 1 yr.It is often used for older kids and young adults, all receiving a 2 dose series. The shingles vaccine is made from the same weakened virus but contains a much stronger dose, as is necessary to provide protection for its target group of people > 50. ...Read more

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What are fetal risks of the MMR and chicken pox vaccines during pregnancy?

What are fetal risks of the MMR and chicken pox vaccines during pregnancy?

Few documented: There have been many episodes where a woman received these vaccines & later found out they were pregnancy. At last review, no adverse outcomes were documented.Physicians generally prefer to avoid any live vaccine during pregnancy out of caution. Non living vaccines like DtaP are actually part of today's standard of care.. ...Read more

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Does the immunity vaccines get towards measles also count for german measles?

Separate diseases: Measles vaccine addresses the measles which is a very harsh illness in kids.German measles is a different germ & actually a much milder disease in kids, but a devastating cause of miscarriage, birth defects, blindness & mental deficiency in babies who get it in the womb. ...Read more

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What are the signs of chicken pox in babies?

What are the signs of chicken pox in babies?

Rash, fever: Chicken pox in a baby will start as a rash just as it would in older children. The rash often starts out on the abdomen, and is papulopustular in appearance. Itching is quite common. There may be associated fever, and upper respiratory symptoms. Babies may get quite sick from the chicken pox so if unvaccinated, should seek medical care. ...Read more

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Is rubella part of the red measles family?

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. ...Read more

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What risks are associated with the MMR and chicken pox vaccines during pregnancy?

What risks are associated with the MMR and chicken pox vaccines during pregnancy?

Not recommended: Neither of them are recommended because of possible harmful effect to the developing fetus, although not well documented. ...Read more

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Are measles and german measles the same?

No: Measles (also known as rubeola) is caused by a completely different virus from german measles (also known as rubella), but you can prevent being infected by both viruses by getting the MMR (mumps, measles, rubella) vaccination. ...Read more

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Can you please tell me how measles and german measles differ?

Defferent germ/efect: The german measles is a rather mild illness of childhood that causes tremendous birth defects (deaf, dumb, blind, miscarriage, blood poisoning)if experienced by a woman in pregnancy.Measles is a nasty viral illness at any age that can produce significant lethargy, weakness, fevers, prostration. ...Read more

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What is the difference between red measles and german measles?

Different viruses: Rubeola or "red measles" is caused by the rubeola virus, and usually lasts about 14 days. Although most people recover without problems, rubeola can lead to pneumonia or encephalitis. Rubella or "german measles" is caused by the rubella virus and lasts about 3 days. While usually milder than red measles, it can cause significant birth defects if a pregnant woman gives it to her unborn child. ...Read more

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Why is rubella called "german measles"?

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. ...Read more

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What are the first symptoms of german measles? Why is it called german?

German Measles: Three German physicians were involved with the description - confirmation / discovery of Rubella. Friedrich Hoffmann (1740), De Bergen (1752) & Orlow in 1758. This led to the name “German Measles”. Measles can present like the flu with a pink rash. ...Read more

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What kind of rashes are in german measles?

Two: A diffuse macularpapular discrete rash covering the trunk and spreading centripetally to extremities, usually lasting 3-5 days. There is a second rash that occurs 20% of the time inside the oral cavity called an enanthem. This is forchheimer sign. Also, lymph nodes are swollen behind ears. ...Read more

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Help me out here: what is german measles?

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. ...Read more

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What symptoms do you get from german measles?

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. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of german measles in baby?

Rubella: Rubella is also known as german measles. Child can have fever, rash, irritability, decreased appetite, lymph node enlargement, etc. Any rash with fever in a child should be evaluated by the doctor. ...Read more

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What other symptoms are caused by german measles?

Non-specific: German measles (rubella) in adults and older children is usually a self limited illness characterized by "flu"-like symptoms (i.S. Fever, coughing, a rash) and is usually short-lived. It can present as stillbirth or with serious birth defects if acquired transplacentally during the first trimester. It msy sldo give a rash. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get german measles more than once?

No: There is only one serotype of rubella so one can only get it once if not immunized. ...Read more

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What are some of the later symptoms of german measles?

There are none: German measles (rubella) is often never even noticed and at worst produces an uncomfortable arthritis and mild viral-type illness. However, the great concern is permanent damage to the unborn child before 20 weeks. Before the vaccine, the effects were familiar to everyone -- these blind, deaf, brain-damaged &/or deformed children were common sights. Be grateful for immunization. ...Read more

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Can you get german measles after having regular measles?

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. ...Read more

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I had german measles before, can I get the other measles?

I had german measles before, can I get the other measles?

Different viruses: Having German measles, which is milder, gives you lifelong immunity only to German Measles. If you were never vaccinated (MMR) which would be quite odd at your age, you could get the more serious red measles. Try to clarify with your parents whether you ever got the MMR. it was available when you were little. ...Read more

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

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

Vaccination: German measles is caused by the rubella virus. There are vaccines available to provide you with an immunity to the rubella virus. If you have not had the rubella vaccine, you should see you doctor, or your community health clinic. ...Read more

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Is it possible to contract german measles after having measles?

Separate illnesses: The measles is the term for the longer harsher form of measles , also called american measles by some.The german measles is a shorter milder form that is nonetheless deadly to unborn babies & produces tragic birth defects/miscarriage/blindness/etc. They are separate diseases that can be prevented by vaccination. ...Read more

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My brother was diagnosed with german measles. What does this mean?

German Measles: Most of the population get vaccinated to this. It will run it's course with him and he needs to keep away from un-vaccinated people. It is more of a problem with pregnant patients who have no immunity because it can cause mental retardation in the baby. ...Read more

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Rubella (Definition)

An infectious disease caused by a virus. It is also known as German measles or three-day measles. Symptoms include an initial flu-like illness followed by a rash on the face that spreads to the trunk and limbs. An ...Read more


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German Measles (Definition)

Another name for German ...Read more