Rubella German Measles is fairly mild in children, although it is a common childhood illness it . The danger of Rubella German Measles is that of it passing through the bloodstream of a pregnant woman. This risk is quite high as Rubella can infect the unborn baby. German measles can cause multiple defects in the unborn child (Congenital Rubella Syndrome).
Rubella German Measles is a viral infection that attacks the lymph nodes and the skin. The virus enters the respiratory tract from droplet nuclei and attacks the lymphatic system. This usually when people who are already infected and in close proximity to you cough or sneeze.
The rash associated with German Measles is called the maculopapular rash. This rash is usually followed by the enlargement of the posterior occipitocervical lymph nodes.
The maculopapules which are small and red/pink always start on the face and neck and spread downwards to the body and limbs. Normally after a week the rash has started to fade.
Signs and Symptoms of Rubella German Measles
- Slight fever (approx. 38oC)
- Muscle aches
- Stiffness in the neck
- Fatigue and lethargy
- Maculopapules (slight red rashes) will appear on the child’s head and body after a couple of days
- Swollen neck lymph glands
Incubation Period of Rubella German Measles
The incubation period for Rubella German Measles is 14 – 21 Days.
Treatment of Rubella German Measles
German Measles is common in children and you should contact your childs health centre for advice The child is likely to recover within a week or two.
It is very important to ensure that your child does not have contact with any pregnant women.
Vaccinations for Rubella German Measles
Vaccinations against Rubella Measles are advisable and they should be administered to children between 12 and 15 months.
Vaccinations against Rubella are readily available at your local health centres and the vaccinations are excellent, but are considered more effective and less traumatic when combined with the Measles and Mumps (MMR).
If you are planning to have a baby and have not had vaccinations for German Measles then it is important that you consider having them before you concieve.