Measles

Period 4
11/15/13
Schronce, Summer B.

Measles is a very contagious disease caused by a virus. The virus usually grows in the cells that line the back of the throat.

It can be transmitted through coughing, breathing, sneezing and touch.

It is a highly contagious.

It is highly virulent to kids.

Symptoms include fever, runny nose and a rash all over the body.

  • Detection of the virus by reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR),
  • A positive viral culture for measles,
  • A positive measles-specific IgM antibody*,
  • A significant rise in IgG antibody between acute and convalescent paired sera (not commonly done).

There is no specific treatment for measles. In people who are otherwise healthy, measles symptoms are treated with bed rest, a cool-mist humidifier to soothe respiratory passages and relieve cough, and acetaminophen (Tylenol) to reduce fever and relieve discomfort.

71-95% of people who get measles after getting vaccinated live

Measles are not too bad since the vaccine came out. So, if you have not been vaccinated do so.

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