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
1. Victoria State Government. Better Health Channel. Rubella. Available at: https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/conditionsandtreatments/rubella (accessed 08 March 2022).
2. Nemours Foundation. KidsHealth. Rubella (German Measles). Available at: https://kidshealth.org/en/parents/german-measles.html (accessed 08 March 2022).
7. World Health Organization. Measles factsheet. Available at: https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/measles (accessed 08 March 2022).
8. Centres for Disease Control and Prevention. Measles (Rubeola) – Signs and symptoms. Available at: https://www.cdc.gov/measles/symptoms/signs-symptoms.html (accessed 08 March 2022).
MAT-AU-2200804 Date of preparation March 2022Show All