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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. Milton Alvis Jr
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Measles (Definition)

Also known as rubeola, this is a formerly common childhood viral infection that causes a fever with cough, runny nose, red eyes, and a characteristic red rash. Rare complications include pneumonia and encephalitis. The ...Read more


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Are measles and german measles the same?

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. ...Read more

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Does the immunity vaccines get towards measles also count for german measles?

Separate diseases: Measles vaccine addresses the measles which is a very harsh illness in kids.German measles is a different germ & actually a much milder disease in kids, but a devastating cause of miscarriage, birth defects, blindness & mental deficiency in babies who get it in the womb. ...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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Who discovered the rubella vaccine?

Many investigators..: Were involved in the work that culminated in the availability of the rubella vaccine in 1969. Among them were maurice hilleman and dorothy horstmann. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Explain the rubella virus?

Cloaked RNA virus : Rubella is a RNA virus that is easily transmitted easily in nasal & throat secretions. As many as half of those infected have no symptoms & for those that do in childhood it is rather mild.A facial rash that spreads in a day, enlarged lymph nodes, fever& rarely other complications.If infected during pregnancy, the baby may abort, develop anomalies or be deaf, mute & blind. ...Read more

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Immune to rubella, measles, mumps if you've had vaccines 2x before age six?

Mostly: Although vaccines are safe and effective, there is an occasional peron whose immune system does not respond well to the recommended series. Thus they are not immune. If needed, blood tests can measure this. Still worth immunizing to maximize protection. ...Read more

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What are signs of rubella, chicken pox, or measles. anyone have a clue?

What are signs of rubella, chicken pox, or measles. anyone have a clue?

Too broad for answer: Answers on the sight are limited to 400 characters. Each of the 3 issues you raise could easily max out the limit alone.If you are dealing with specific issues, provide the symptoms you are dealing with as background info and ask a specific question. ...Read more

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Does the chicken pox vaccine confer lifelong immunity?

Does the chicken pox vaccine confer lifelong immunity?

Possibly: Introduced in the late 70's in japan, the current CP vaccine was not adopted in the us until the 90's. There are good data that one dose removes the risk of death with cp, but likely only 85% get protective immunity from 1 dose, with that improving to >95% after 2 doses given at least a month apart. Time will tell if future boosters are needed but with 30+ years of worldwide data it looks good. ...Read more

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Antibodies for varicella zoster IgG positive, and varicella IgM negative, means immunity for shingles or just for chicken pox?

Antibodies for varicella zoster IgG positive, and varicella IgM negative, means immunity for shingles or just for chicken pox?

Both: Varicella and zoster are the same virus. Chickenpox occurs with the first exposure to the virus and zoster is the re-activation of the virus that has been lying dormant in the body as a result of some significant stress to the body. ...Read more

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My rubella virus igg is 4.29...meaning???

My rubella virus igg is 4.29...meaning???

Old: IGG is + due to a previous infection, weeks, months, even years before. Don't worry about it. ...Read more

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Can west nile virus infect by unborn child?

Can west nile virus infect by unborn child?

West Nile virus: There have been reports of possible transmission of the virus from mother to child during pregnancy or breast feeding, but these have been rare and not confirmed conclusively. ...Read more

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Is fever typical with rubella?

Is fever typical with rubella?

Yes: Fever is common in rubella, especially in children. It is usually mild and lasts only a couple of days. ...Read more

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Immunity to rubella means immune to chickenpox?

No: These are two different germs and immunity to one does not mean immunity to the other. ...Read more

Dr. Peter Bernstein
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Rubella (Definition)

An infectious disease caused by a virus. It is also known as German measles or three-day measles. Symptoms include an initial flu-like illness followed by a rash on the face that spreads to the trunk and limbs. An ...Read more


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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German Measles (Definition)

Another name for German ...Read more