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What is the difference between measles and rubella?

Page last updated 26 June 2018
Measles 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

  1. Victoria State Government. Better Health Channel. Rubella. Available at: https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/conditionsandtreatments/rubella (accessed 15 April 2018).
  2. 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).
  3. 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).
  4. 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).
  5. 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)

SPANZ.SAPAS.18.04.0138a - Date of preparation May 2018

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