What is the difference between measles and rubella?
|Measles is caused by a virus that specifically infects the respiratory system||Rubella is caused by a virus that invades the lymph nodes, eyes and skin|
|More severe and can be life threatening||Generally milder, but caution needed in pregnant women|
|Small white spots in the mouth (called Koplik spots) within 2-3 days. Then a rash, red spots spread to the body after 3-5 days||Pink rash that begins in the face and moves to the body, lasts 3-5 days|
Sources & Citations
- Victoria State Government. Better Health Channel. Rubella. Available at: https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/conditionsandtreatments/rubella (accessed 15 April 2018).
- Queensland State Government Health. Rubella (German measles). Available at: http://conditions.health.qld.gov.au/HealthCondition/condition/14/217/122/Rubella-German-measles (accessed 15 April 2018).
- Australian Government. Department of Health. The Australian Immunisation Handbook 10th Edition. 4.18 Rubella. Available at: http://www.immunise.health.gov.au/internet/immunise/publishing.nsf/Content/Handbook10-home~handbook10part4~handbook10-4-18 (accessed 15 April 2018).
- Australian Government. Department of Health. The Australian Immunisation Handbook 10th Edition. 4.9 Measles. Available at: http://www.immunise.health.gov.au/internet/immunise/publishing.nsf/Content/Handbook10-home~handbook10part4~handbook10-4-9 (accessed 9 May 2018).
- Centres for Disease Control and Prevention. Measles (Rubella) signs and symptoms. Available at: https://www.cdc.gov/measles/about/signs-symptoms.html (accessed 5 June 2018)
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