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Rubella Virus (Overview)

Rubella aka german measles, is an infection that primarily affects the skin and lymph nodes. It is caused by the rubella virus (not the same virus that causes measles), which is usually transmitted by droplets from the nose or throat that others breathe in. It can also pass through a pregnant woman's bloodstream to infect her unborn child.


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Explain the rubella virus?

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

Rubella Virus (Overview)

Rubella aka german measles, is an infection that primarily affects the skin and lymph nodes. It is caused by the rubella virus (not the same virus that causes measles), which is usually transmitted by droplets from the nose or throat that others breathe in. It can also pass through a pregnant woman's bloodstream to infect her unborn child.


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Hi....i got report that my rubella IgG @125.00...i am worried is this is a sign of rubella virus to my baby?

Hi....i got report that my rubella IgG @125.00...i am worried is this is a sign of rubella virus to my baby?

Rubella IgG: IgG is a measure of level of antibody, which means that you have a good amount of protection to rubella. This means your baby is not at risk. ...Read more

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Can you get infected with rubella 2 years after being vaccinated against it ? Is it possible to carry the rubella virus without showing any symptoms ?

Unlikely: Is is possible? Anything is possible but really unlikely. If you did not develop immunity from the vaccine it is possible - were your titers checked after being vaccinated? ...Read more

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If doctor test for rubella virus and it comes back positive(immune) is this fanerous?

Immune status: You have been immunized with the vaccine, or exposed to the virus if you have not had the vaccination. ...Read more

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I'm 10 week and i my test showed I am not immune to the rubella virus, so what should I do?

Wait it out: There are many instances where the standard screening test for rubella immunity is negative when functional immunity may still be adequate.Your OB will likely plan to give you the vaccine after you deliver to boost any immunity you have. For now, avoid people you know won't vaccinate their kids, & crowded areas or airports. Good luck. ...Read more

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What does it mean to test positive for the IgG antibody to rubella virus?

What does it mean to test positive for the IgG antibody to rubella virus?

You Are Immune: Igg is the long term antibody that protects you against bacteria and viruses. If you are IgG positive, you protected from getting a rubella infection. ...Read more

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I am affected by the rubella virus disease. Is there any treatment for it and if so, where can I get it?

Confusing question: You say affected by Rubella,if you mean you had it and have residual problems, any treatment would focus on the problem. For most, the residual effects are permanent. If you have active disease, there are some available treatments that you can access through your doc. ...Read more

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What treatments are there for rubella virus?

What treatments are there for rubella virus?

Supportive care: There are no antivirals that will help when a child is infected with the rubella virus. As an illness, it is not very intense and usually peaks and fades like a flu. Its greatest risk is to a fetus, who if infected can abort or become deaf, blind or have other severe organ damage.The vaccine is likely to provide lifelong immunity, but ob's often check to be sure a womans antibody level is adequate. ...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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What does the rubella virus attack?

Nothing really: The rubella virus doesn't really attack anything. It focuses only on making more of itself. It starts in the nose usually and then go to the blood. The symptoms of rubella are from our body attacking the virus to get rid of it and in the process effecting cells that are infected. Rubella is a big deal in pregnancy because it can cross the placenta and get into the baby. ...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


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