How are rubella and rubeola differentiated from scarlet fever?

Updated: Jun 21, 2019
  • Author: Bahman Sotoodian, MD; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
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Rubella and rubeola may appear similar, but the presence of conjunctivitis, purulent rhinitis, and cough are helpful clues to the diagnosis of rubeola. In addition, the eruption of rubeola usually begins behind the ears and on the scalp and forehead, not on the torso. Rubella typically begins on the head and face.


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