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Why is rubella called "german measles"?

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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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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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 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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What happens if you had rubella what would you have caught?

Confusing question: If you had rubella, you caught the German Measles, ie rubella. It is much milder than the regular measles but much more distructive to a developing fetus in the womb. ...Read more

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Will rubella kill me?

No: Rubelly isn't a particularly bad disease unless you are an unborn fetus when your mom gets the disease then it can cause birth defects. ...Read more

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How to prevent rubella?

Avoid Exposure/immun: Only avoid exposure or immunize !

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Is there a way to prevent rubella?

Immunize: The safest, best way to prevent rubella is to have , current up to date immunizations for all of your adult contacts and children. ...Read more

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Is rubella part of the torch family?

Yes: Rubella is the r in torch. It can cause harm to the fetus or newborn in women who develop rubella while pregnant. ...Read more

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Is rubella IgG of 173.99 good or bad?

Is rubella IgG of 173.99 good or bad?

Good: It means your MMR vaccine is protecting you adaquatly against getting rubella. It's good to have high protective rubella igg antibodies. ...Read more

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How can you contract teratogen rubella?

Infection when Pregn: A woman who has rubella during pregnancy is at risk of miscarriage, fetal organ damage, blindness, deafness, heart defects etc. As a teratogenic effect of the infection on the fetus.Failure to get the vaccine in childhood or prior to pregnancy sets the stage for this disaster. With some people avoiding vaccines we are seeing more cases emerge in the general population. Risks are now higher. ...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