What causes German measles?

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German measles is caused by a virus. If you're infected with it, droplets that carry the virus are scattered in the air any time you cough, talk, or sneeze. Someone else can inhale these droplets and become infected. If you're pregnant, you can transmit the virus to your fetus through the bloodstream. You are contagious from about one week before Until about a week after the appearance of the characteristic rash.

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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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