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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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
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
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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