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Measles and German measles. Historical medical illustration showing cases of measles (left) and German measles (right). Measles, also known as rubeola, is a highly infectious airborne viral disease with flu-like symptoms accompanied by fever and rash. German measles is caused by the rubella virus and symptoms include fever, swollen glands, headache and a rash. If a pregnant woman is infected with rubella during the first trimester it can cause miscarriage and birth defects. From Atlas of Venereal and Skin Diseases by Prince Albert Morrow, published in 1889.
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