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Diseases Mistaken For Measles
Disease Diagnosis.: There isn't enough information to venture a guess. Medical evaluation may help to clarify the diagnosis. Take care. ...Read more
Can you get measles or any other disease from a parcel that was delivered from a different country? Basically can diseases live on packages and the items that come with it?
Usually not: Viruses usually need living hosts to survive. Measles virus is intracellular. The virus spreads by the respiratory route via aerosol droplets and respiratory secretions which can remain infectious for several hours. The infection is acquired through the upper respiratory tract or conjunctiva. ...Read more
Depends: The vaccine for Measles, Mumps and Rubella was available in 1971 which means it was available when you were a kid. If you had your kid shots as most did by the 70's and later you are likely protected. Your doc could give the vaccines if you were not, or test your blood to see if you had them. ...Read more
Immunizations.....: Have dramatically reduced the incidence of many childhood afflictions, some that were life-threatening or associated with significant morbidity. They are among the great success stories of modern medicine. Proof of this is represented by the difficulty young physicians have diagnosing illnesses that were once common. Notably, we are now seeing these illnesses develop in those with waning immunity. ...Read more
If my son was vaccinated against MMR and still got the disease, will it be less dangerous? Can it still be fatal? Which age groups die from measles?
Modified measles...: Measles vaccine is VERY effective. "Modified measles"--measles in a vaccinated person--is much milder than the full disease; symptoms are less severe, much less likely to develop complications. Pneumonia, croup, & encephalitis are common causes of death from full measles; encephalitis is the most common cause of long-term problems. Complication rates are higher in those <5 or >20 years old. ...Read more
Can a non-vaccinated child receive a disease like chicken pox or measles from a newly vaccinated child?
I've got red, raised itchy bumps only on my torso. Bug bite? Any idea what it could be? Ants? Spiders? Or a disease like measles? No pain though.
My mom had german measles in the 1st trimester of her pregnancy in me. Is their a possibility that I could get heart diseases from it?
The measles virus: This is one of many viral diseases that caused epidemics around the world and killed a significant percentage of its victims. It has been credited with decimating the native american population in the US after arriving with the Spanish. After the measles vaccine was developed, the frequency declined. It is still deadly and still occurring in the US, more now that some refuse vaccines. ...Read more
Yes.: Http://www. Cdc. Gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6115a1.htm.Get a more detailed answer ›
Measles: Measles is one of the most contagious infectious diseases in humans. Initial symptoms include fever, cough, runny, and conjunctivitis. After 2-4 days, a characteristic erythematous maculopapular rash develops. Symptoms resolve in most cases. Fatal complications include pneumonia and encephalitis (swelling of the brain). Fortunately, the measles vaccine can prevent both. ...Read more
Treat symptoms: Measles is caused by a virus. There is no specific medication for measles. Most children with measles are miserable. Fever & pain control with Acetaminophen are typical. Dehydration is a common complication which needs to be treated. Measles is highly contagious you will want to keep your sick child away from others. Prevention with vaccine is recommended. ...Read more
Tender loving care: There is no cure for measles [virus is too smart for us]. Do things to make yourself feel better while you wait for your body to kick out the virus. Take Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen for fever or muscle aches. No aspirin! Call your doc [especially for babies]. Watch out for: ear pain, croup, diarrhea, severe cough/shortness of breath [pneumonia], lethargy/confusion [big deal brain infection]. ...Read more
Comfort care: Measles is a viral illness common in unvaccinated populations. The illness runs thru its stages and recovery is generally complete. A portion will have complications;ear & lung infection that require rx, a few may develop life threatening encephalitis (more in <5yo).The world health organization recomends vitamin a supplements to help reduce mortality. ...Read more
MMR indications: The measles vaccine, commonly combined with immunization against Mumps and Rubella, is recommended to be administered at 1 year and 4 years of age. People who have been inadequately vaccinated according to this schedule and who have been exposed to the measles should be vaccinated within 72 hours to help prevent transmission. ...Read more
Confusing question: Wild measles is thought to provide lifetime immunity. The vaccine has been available in some form since 1963, but the early dosing schedule did not confer immunity to all. By the 1990's a second dose brought most into full immunity. If you had wild measles you are likely immune. Many viruses produce similar rashes and some labeled measles were likely something else. ...Read more
Contact with germ: Measles is an only human illness that is passed by direct contact with the oro-nasal secretions or airborn droplets coughed up by an infected person. Infected persons are contageous 1-2d prior to 5d after onset of the rash. When contageous particles enter your nose/eyes/mouth or throat, they may take 8-12 days before you have symptoms. Get vaccinated and you can avoid it. ...Read more
By the time the...: ...Rash comes out, the child with measles will have had several days of high fever, headaches, sore throat, severe cough, eye pain and redness, possibly seizures, shortness of breath, or coma. The rash usually just confirms the diagnosis already made from other findings. ...Read more
Respiratory route: Measles is thought to spread via the respiratory route -- so inhalation of respiratory droplets from an infected person can lead to infection. It is an extremely contagious disease, as an infected person may spread the virus up to 7 days prior to the onset of symptoms and 3-4 days following the onset of symptoms. You can prevent yourself from infection with the MMR (mumps measles rubella) vaccine. ...Read more
Measles virus: This has nothing to do with bacteria. It is a measles virus, a member of the paramyxoviridae family. Humans are the only known carrier/host. It can be contained by vaccinating all susceptible humans. It has many possible serious complications which include death in 1/1000 cases. ...Read more