11/15/13 Period 4
Destany M. Reynolds

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).
  • A blood test can help determine whether the person is contagious with measles.
  • There is no treatment for the measles. There is antibiotics that just basically tame it. So, others won't become infected.

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