German Measles Symptoms: Three-Day Measles
Many people may not be aware of the differences of Rubella, German Measles and Rubeola, Red Measles. While Rubeola is the more serious type of measles, Rubella can be, just as fatal for pregnant women. If a pregnant woman gets Rubella, they can pass the virus to their unborn baby, which could potentially cause birth defects.
German Measles is not a serious form of measles and the signs and symptoms will last up to three days. These symptoms will have the same type of characteristics as the Rubeola symptoms, but with less risk of secondary complications. Many children have been known to get German Measles, without even knowing it. Nearly half of the people that are infected with Rubella do not exhibit any symptoms (CDC), while others will be plagued with a low fever (below that 101 degree F), cold like symptoms, red rash that is similar to Rubeola, swollen glands, and achy joints, which is more common in young females.
There are many different birth defects that have been linked to Rubella. It is important for pregnant mothers to avoid children or adults that have been diagnosed with Rubella in order to protect them selves and their unborn baby. Some birth defects that have been linked to German Measles include heart defects, deafness, intellectual disability (Mental Retardation), and cataracts, but liver and spleen damage has also been noted in some cases.