What are the complications of German measles?

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Although German measles, also known as rubella, is usually mild and typically runs its course within a few days, occasionally complications may develop. Infections of the ear are possible and may require the use of antibiotics. An infection of the brain-encephalitis-may also develop on rare occasions. Since there is no treatment for encephalitis, the infection just has to run its course.

If you're pregnant, you run the risk of passing the viral infection to your fetus. This can cause severe birth defects or even miscarriage. The greatest risk occurs in the first trimester, but your fetus is still at risk throughout the entire pregnancy.

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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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