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German measles, also known as Rubella, is a mild but highly contagious virus that affects mainly children and young adults. The early symptoms are often close to those of the common cold, fever, sore throat, headache, and chills. Symptoms usually go away without complications within a week. Rubella is passed by direct contact with someone infected with the virus.
It is very wise to get the vaccination for German measles. This lessens the chance of pregnant women developing the disease, which can have serious birth defects to the fetus. The vaccination is given to anyone over 12 years old orally. Babies born with C ongenital; Rubella often have serious birth defects such as glaucoma, deafness, mental retardation, and heart problems.
Treatment for people with Rubella includes medicines to keep temperature down, antibiotic ointment for rash, and bed rest. Keep the child isolated for five days after rash, so the virus is not passed on to anyone else. Treatment for Congenital Rubella in cludes treatment of heart problems, and other defects if possible.
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