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Are measles and german measles the same?

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Amanda Xi
General Practice
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Amanda Xi
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Dr. Michael Fisher
Dermatology
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In brief: Measles

There are two "forms" of measles: rubeola (the "ordinary" kind), which causes more serious symptoms and can do permanent damage, and rubella ("german" measles), which is very benign if you have it as a child or an adult but can induce severe birth defects in womem infected early in pregnancy.
Aside from some similarity in symptoms, there isn't much in common betwen the two viruses.

In brief: Measles

There are two "forms" of measles: rubeola (the "ordinary" kind), which causes more serious symptoms and can do permanent damage, and rubella ("german" measles), which is very benign if you have it as a child or an adult but can induce severe birth defects in womem infected early in pregnancy.
Aside from some similarity in symptoms, there isn't much in common betwen the two viruses.
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