Can rubella cause heart abnormalities?

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Rubella is a viral infection that can cause birth defects, including heart abnormalities, in unborn children. Most people are vaccinated against rubella as babies and never contract the disease; if you get rubella at any point in your life, you are immune and cannot get it again. Some women, however, have not been vaccinated and are at risk of passing rubella onto their babies if they are pregnant. If you are a woman planning to conceive a child and are not sure if you have been vaccinated, ask your doctor to test you for immunity. If you must be vaccinated as an adult, do not attempt to get pregnant for at least 28 days afterward. You should not be vaccinated during pregnancy, as this may harm your baby.

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Viral Infections

Viral Infections

Viral infections like herpes simplex, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), chicken pox and rotavirus are infections caused by a virus instead of a bacterium. Viral infections do not respond to antibiotics, but some specific viruses ...

like influenza A and B can be treated with certain antiviral medications. Most commonly, treatment for viral infections includes drinking lots of fluids, getting rest, eating well and letting the illness run its course.
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