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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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
German measles is also known as Rubella. 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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
10 IMPORTED cases: <10 people a year in the usa have rubella (german measles)since 2002, all cases have been traceable to foreigners who carried the virus in from abroad. 2011, there were 222 cases of regular measles confirmed in the United States. This is a reminder to make sure that your vaccinations are up-to-date. See www.Cdc.Gov/features/measles/cached. ...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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