German measles (rubella)

German measles, also known as rubella, is a viral infection that can be prevented by a vaccine. While German measles is not serious for most patients, it can cause birth defects in a baby born to a woman who contracts the infection while pregnant.

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German measles (rubella)

What is the diagnostic test to differentiate measles and rubella?

Rubella (German measles) is a mild, three day infection that seldom leads to complications in children. However, rubella may cause birth deformities in babies born to mothers who are infected during pregnancy. Measles (rubeola) is a serious disease and is sometimes called "hard," "red," or "seven day measles." Individuals infected with measles frequently suffer from ear infections and/or pneumonia.

German measles (rubella)

What should you do if you have German measles?

Call in sick, stay home and watch TV. Don't give it to others!

German measles (rubella)

Why do you have to wait three months to get pregnant after getting the rubella shot?

I have never heard of that, but I don't know a lot about rubella shots. I am going to assume a doctor told you this. The reason is probably because it can cause serious birth defects or even death to the fetus. Another reason could be because it could cause rebella in the fetus. If you want to know more, call the doctor that told you this and ask more questions. The rubella vaccination has been suspected to cause major birth defects if the woman becomes pregnant within 4 weeks after receiving the vaccination.

German measles (rubella)

Who discovered the rubella virus and when?

Friedrich Hoffman made the first clinical description of rubella in 1740. He didn't discover it but described it. He would not have an electron microscope to "discover it".

German measles (rubella)

What must you do if you have German measles and you are pregnant?

First and foremost, you need to contact your obstetrician. Treatment is dependent upon which trimester the patient is in. German measles are a very significant condition during pregnancy because it can attack the central nervous system and cause birth defects.

German measles (rubella)

What are acceptable antibody levels for rubella vaccination?


Negative 5 IU/ml or under

Borderline retest 5-9 IU/ml

Positive 10 IU/ml or more


Negative 0.89 IV

Borderline retest 0.90-1.09 IV

Positive 1.10 IV or more

Reference ranges may be slightly different from lab to lab and country to country.

German measles (rubella)

What are the symptoms of rubella?

The list of signs and symptoms mentioned in various sources forRubella includes the 25 symptoms listed below:Stage 1: fever and related symptoms (often mild and sometimes not even noticed in adults):
  • Symptoms of rubella include: Children: Low grade fever, swollen glands, joint pain, headache, conjunctivitis, rash Adults and children:
    • swollen glands or lymph nodes (may persist for up to a week)
    • fever (rarely rises above 38 degrees Celsius [100.4 degrees Fahrenheit])
    • rash (Appears on the face and then spreads to the trunk and limbs. It appears as pink dots under the skin. It appears on the first or third day of the illness but it disappears after a few days with no staining or peeling of the skin)
    • Forchheimer's sign occurs in 20% of cases, and is characterized by small, red papules on the area of the soft palate
    • flaking, dry skin
    • nerves become weak or numb (very rare)[1]


German measles (rubella)

What is the difference between measles and German measles?

Both Measles and Germal Measles (Rubella) are viruses. With German Measles you can get a blotchy red rash which comes and goes and usually disappears altogether after 2 days. You can sometimes suffer with a light cold prior to the rash appearing. German Measles can be dangerous for pregnant women who have no immunity to the virus. The infection period is usually a week before the rash until a week after it has disappeared. Measles has a mild upper respitatory affect. You can get a rash of spots, very high temperature which can last up to 4 days, cough, severe conjunctivitis and possibly encephalitis. The incubation period is 4 to 12 days and you can remain infectious for 3 to 5 weeks after rash.

German measles (rubella)

Why are only girls given the rubella vaccine?

Because only girls can get pregnant. Rubella can cause serious damage to the fetus of a pregnant women if she is to catch rubella.

German measles (rubella)

Can you take a bath if you have german measles?

yes you are allowed to take a bath as long as you dont have a fever.taking a bath takes away the itchiness of your body.try taking a bath with a cup of baking soda on the water
It is suggested that you take a bath as long as there is no fever present. German Measles lower the immune system, any bacterial build up can lead to complications.
yes. ahm No. i think Yes. but No, Yes. No

German measles (rubella)

What does rubella equivocal mean?

It means you may or may not be immune to rubella or German measles.The value is not high enough to say yes and not low enough to say no.The test can be repeated.

German measles (rubella)

What is the rubella virus?


Rubella is a highly infectious and reportable disease that primarily effects the skin and lymph nodes it is also called the German measles or three day measles.

Rubella is particularly dangerous to pregnant women and the baby they carry. Contracting Rubella in the first trimester is known to cause serious damage to 90% of unborn babies. Birth defects range from cataracts and deafness to heart abnormalities and brain damage.

Childhood vaccination has almost irradicated the disease in the western world.

German measles (rubella)

What does it mean when rubella screen comes up immune?

At some point you must have had it or been vaccinated for it, and then developed immunity to it.

German measles (rubella)

Why is it called German measles?

Rubella, or 3-day measles, are often called German measles because German researchers discovered that it is caused by a different virus (rubella) than common measles (morbillivirus).

German measles (rubella)

Where is Rubella mostly found?


German measles (rubella)

Is the rubella disease carried by animals?

yes. back in the SLAVE days. It was predomininnasd

German measles (rubella)

What are some of rubella virus fatalities?

In the past, rubella caught by a pregnant woman was dangerous, and usually fatal, for a fetus. One actress, Gene Tierney, lost a baby to the virus many years ago. There was a vacine given for rubella for many years to help prevent this.

German measles (rubella)

When should you receive the rubella shot?

You sould have your immunity tested before you have the shot. You may be naturally immune as rubella is a very mild disease for children. If you are hoping to get pregnant you should have the shot and not get pregnant for a month afterwards. If you are pregnant, have the shot straight after the birth and don't get pregnant again for a month. Some women have been pregnant and had the shot (by mistake) and their babies have not been affected, but I wouldn't risk it.

German measles (rubella)

How does rubella spread?

According to the Medical Encyclopedia, rubella -- also known as German measles -- is "spread through contact with fluid droplets expelled from the nose or throat of an infected person."

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German measles (rubella)

Does mmr vaccinate against German measles?

MMR Vaccine protects against,



Rubella = German measles


German measles (rubella)

Why were German measles renamed liberty measles?

For the same reason why for awhile sauerkraut was called liberty cabbage. Itoccurred during WWII. The US government was trying to eliminate German heritage from society by changing the names of many popular German foods and such.

German measles (rubella)

Is the result of your rubella Ab IgG 121.9 IU per ml normal?

I'm thinking no because I'm sitting here looking at mine and it says it should be 0.0-4.9 IU/mL and mine is 34.5 and they said that's off the charts.

German measles (rubella)

Can you get German measles twice?

It is possible, though uncommon. Usually it only happens if the persons immune system becomes weakened somehow after the first occurrence of the illness.
My son, now 4, has had German Measles twice.

13 July 2011 he was diagnosed by our GP

20 July 2012 he was diagnosed again

Waiting for 2013.... LOL


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