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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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Might rubella (german measles) remain underlying in the skin after the infection has passed?

Rubella: No, you may be thinking of chicken pox, which lies dormant in the nerve root and comes out later in life as shingles. ...Read more

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What are the chances of getting german measles(rubella) after the MMR jab?

None except rash : 5% of patients may get slight rashand mild fever as a reaction to this live attenuated vaccine 10 to 12 days after the vaccination, but it is not rubella. ...Read more

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Is rubella part of the red measles family?

Not sure of meaning: Rubella is one of the classic childhood illnesses producing a rash, but having never heard the term "red measles family" it is difficult to comment on. Measles is caused by a different virus. ...Read more

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What are the dangers and long-term effects of measles (rubella)?

What are the dangers and long-term effects of measles (rubella)?

Depends: It is a rather minor illness in most.Three days of fever and a rash.If you have it for the first time as an adult while pregnant, the fetus may become deaf, blind or develop life threatening complications. ...Read more

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How long do I wait to give my child the second shot of seperate measles, mumps, & rubella?

How long do I wait to give my child the second shot of seperate measles, mumps, & rubella?

Until 4-5 yrs old: If your chilod had a MMR shot at age 12-15 months, then the next due will be at 4-5 years before he enters kindergarten. If he did not have yet, then i would give one right away, and the second one would be at 4-5 years. ...Read more

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Who created the measles and rubella vaccine?

Measles vaccine was : Measle vaccine was invented in 1953 by john franklin enders, and jonas buttococking invented rubella vaccine in 1960s. ...Read more

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What are the signs of rubella, chicken pox, and measles?

What are the signs of rubella, chicken pox, and measles?

Exanthems: Here is a link with descriptions of the 5 viral exanthems of childhood: http://childrensnational.org/choose-childrens/conditions-and-treatments/skin-disorders/viral-exanthems-rashes?sc_lang=en ...Read more

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What could happen if you don't have the MMR jab? I know you could get the illnesses (measles, mumps and rubella) but is there anything else?

Long term issues: Measles:can cause encephalitis with brain damage in 1/1000 and death in 3/1000 cases. Mumps can cause pregnancy loss, male sterility, mild encephalitis, other problems and occasional death in adults. Rubella, while relatively mild in most, occasionally produces encephalitis in the patient.It is well known for producing miscarriage, birth defects and mental retardation in infants infected in the womb. ...Read more

Dr. Katharine Cox
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Measles (Definition)

Measles (rubeola) is formerly common childhood viral infection that causes a fever with cough, runny nose, red eyes and a characteristic red rash. (cough, coryza and conjunctivitis). Rare complications include pneumonia and encephalitis. The ...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