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Can you die from rubella?

Can you die from rubella?

Almost never: However, it is several days of misery, and if you are pregnant, it is likely that your unborn child will end up blind and/or deaf and/or seriously deformed and/or mentally handicapped. Before immunization, when one girl in a community came down with "german measles", all the other girls would be invited to a slumber party with her in hopes they'd catch it and thus be immune. ...Read more

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Dr. Peter Bernstein
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Rubella (Definition)

Rubella is generally a benign communicable exanthematous disease. The major complication of rubella is its teratogenic effects when pregnant women contract the disease, especially in the early weeks of gestation. Because of the successful immunization program in the US since 1969, rubella infection and congenital rubella syndrome ...Read more


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Anybody know the death rate for rubella in pregnancy?

Hard to know: Rubella during pregnancy is known to cause miscarriage, or fetal deaths but the numbers are hard to come by.It can be a mild flu like illness in mom that triggers an early miscarriage & is never recognized.Birth defects in baby approach 85% for infection in the first 12 wks, dropping to ~50% from 12-16 wks. The earlier the infection the worse the general outcome.Sad but preventable by vaccines. ...Read more

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What is the death rate of rubella now, and what was it in the pre-vaccine days?

Rarely fatl pre/post: Rubella is a rather minor illness in most patients with 25-50% remaining asymptomatic. Rarely infections of the heart muscle or encephalitis were quite worrisome. Incidence has declined 99% with vaccines. The problem with rubella is with pregnancy. If acquired in pregnancy: miscarriage, blindness, deafness, liver failure, heart disease & mental retardation were often the tragic result. ...Read more

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What causes rubella?

What causes rubella?

Single viral strain: Rubella is caused by a virus with only 1 known strain & humans as the only known source. Infection is passed by contact with infected fluid on surfaces or in the air from a sneeze or cough. Immunization has reduced the case numbers when used, but is not 100% efective after 1 dose. Ease of international travel & transmission during incubation results in clusters of new cases every year. ...Read more

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How can rubella be controlled?

How can rubella be controlled?

Immunize: The rubella vaccine is safe and very effective. This measure alone has grossly reduced rubella cases in the US, encourage everyone to immunize. ...Read more

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What does rubella reactive means?

Immunity: It means you've had rubella or the vaccine and cannot be infected. ...Read more

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What happens when you get rubella?

Here is a great: article by Mayo Clinic: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/rubella/basics/symptoms/con-20020067

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Can you clarify what rubella really is?

German Measles: There are 2 types of measles, rubella (german measles) and rubeola (big measles).Rubella is bad because it can really harm a fetus by miscarrage or birth defects.Please get the MMR vaccine and vaccinate your kids. ...Read more

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Can you live a normal life with rubella?

Confusing question: When rubella is experienced as an infection as a kid or adult, it is a relatively mild illness that lasts a few days and usually has few if any long term issues.If experienced in pregnancy, the fetus may abort or experience mild to severe complications. This can include being born deaf ; blind, with injury to other organs. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms you get with rubella?

What are the symptoms you get with rubella?

Mild: Rubella, or german measles, can cause rash and fever for 2-3 days which is usually mild in children and young adults and improves without any specific treatment. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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German Measles (Definition)

German measles, also called rubella, is a viral infection that often causes a rash spreading from the face to the rest of the body, as well as fever, headache, and runny nose. Infection during pregnancy can cause severe birth defects or ...Read more