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What is the difference between red measles and german measles?

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.

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What is the difference between german measles and regular measles?

Severity: Measles is rubeola and is caused by a paromyxovirus of the genus morbillivirus. Rubella is caused by rubella virus. Rubeola is generally more severe than rubella which can actually pass unnoticed. Rubeola has 3 days fever, conjunctivitis runny nose before rash develops and rubella is commonly done in 3 days. (3 day measles). http://www. Emedicinehealth. Com/measles/article_em. Htm has more info.

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What are the differences between german measles and normal measles?

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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.

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How can you tell the difference between shingles and german measles?

How can you tell the difference between shingles and german measles?

Different rashes: They have a different package of symptoms. The simplest answer is that the rashes are not the same.Shingles generally is found in a more localized patch on the body with red bumps with blisters appearing. Rubella rash has an appearance more like prickly heat. Shingles rash may itch, burn or be painful. Rubella rash does not. Rubella may have fever and respiratory symptoms.

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What's the difference between a common rash and german measles? How would I know if I have one?

What's the difference between a common rash and german measles? How would I know if I have one?

Rash is fever free: A common everyday rash is not accompanied by fever, whereas german measle rash and fever appear simultaneously.

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What can prevent measles and german measles?

MMR vaccine.: Mmr vaccination is mandatory and can prevent both afflictions.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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What are the best treatments for german measles?

Rubella: The best way to "treat" german measles or rubella is to prevent it by being vaccinated against it and having your children vaccinated against it.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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If you had the german measles can you get red measles?

Yes: If by "red measles" you mean measles, there is no cross-immunity between german measles and measles.

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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.

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