What is German measles?

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Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
German measles or rubella causes fever, rash, and swelling of glands in the neck. It can cause brain swelling or bleeding. If a pregnant woman contracts rubella, it can cause miscarriage or put her baby at high risk for neurological problems that resemble autism or life-threatening birth defects involving brain damage, hearing loss, cardiac malformations, and endocrine dysfunction. If you were not immunized earlier in life, get immunized as soon as possible.
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German measles, also known as rubella, is a contagious infection caused by a virus. Symptoms - such as a red rash, runny nose, and fever - are usually mild and typically only last two to three days. Although it most commonly affects children, adults can contract it too. It can be especially harmful to a developing fetus, so pregnant women are often screened for German measles immunity. Because of routine vaccination, German measles is now rare (less than a thousand cases per year) in the United States.

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