Rubeola (measles)
Rubeola is the ordinary measles, an acute highly contagious viral disease with fever, runny nose, cough, red eyes, and a spreading skin rash. Rubeola (measles) is a potentially disastrous disease. It can be complicated by ear infections, pneumonia, encephalitis (that can cause convulsions, mental retardation. and even death), the sudden onset of low blood platelet levels with severe bleeding (acute thrombocytopenic purpura) or a chronic brain disease that occurs months to often years after an attack of measles (subacute sclerosing panencephalitis). During pregnancy measles can trigger miscarriages or premature delivery. Rubeola (measles) can be prevented through vaccination. The disease is also called the hard measles and (depending on how long you think it lasts) the seven- day measles, the eight-day measles, the nine-day measles, or the ten-day measles, and morbilli. The name “measles” comes from the Middle English “maselen” meaning “many little spots” characteristic of the rash. The word “rubeola” refers specifically to the reddish color of the rash.

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