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How Can Rubella Be Controlled
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
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
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
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
You have antibodies: This test looks for evidence that you either had the disease or a successful vaccine. The presence of antibodies in the blood will turn the test positive, and most will consider a certain level of antibody as protective, while if low might indicate for a vaccine booster. ...Read more
Yes: the unimmunized: All humans can get rubella (german measles). If your mother had the disease, you have some protection but only for 6 months. After that, you are on your own. The best defense is immunization which trades a very mild usually inapparent 'infection' for long term protection. Rubella is not innocuous-my sister, for example, has deafness and needed heart surgery in 1945 from rubella in utero. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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