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In what ways is measles spread?

In what ways is measles spread?

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

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Dr. Darrin Cunningham
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Measles (Definition)

Measles (rubeola) is formerly common childhood viral infection that causes a fever with cough, runny nose, red eyes and a characteristic red rash. (cough, coryza and conjunctivitis). Rare complications include pneumonia and encephalitis. The ...Read more


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Can we control the spread of measles?

Vaccinate: Since the virus can be spread by infected kids/adults before they become symptomatic, immunization is the most effective way to build a wall of protected people around the sporadic cases. That stops the spread. ...Read more

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How to control the spread of measles?

Vaccination: Since the virus can spread from infected patients before they become physically ill, the only sure method of prevention or control is vaccination.Outbreaks this year in Houston and Ohio have been traced to imported cases (air travel) and spread to secondary contacts who were not vaccinated or had received only one dose. ...Read more

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Can my well-vaccinated nieces and nephews still spread mumps or measles to my baby?

Can my well-vaccinated nieces and nephews still spread mumps or measles to my baby?

No: Provided your nieces and nephews had the 2 injections of the MMR vaccine (measles, mumps and rubella), they should have complete protection from all three diseases. Likewise, if you had the same 2 injections or had the measles disease, you will provide the same protection to your baby. This is the joy of having had vaccinations - complete peace of mind. ...Read more

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Without immunisation, what is the best way to contain the spread of a virus such as measles?

Without immunisation, what is the best way to contain the spread of a virus such as measles?

KeepHomeForEver: There is no better protection than Measles Shot for the babies to protect against Measles.Otherwise if your baby is exposed to another child with Measles he/she will surely get it Only other protection is keep your baby in your house away from other children I will say with our with all the studies that have been done all over the world,you are negligent if your baby not immunised and get Measles ...Read more

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What approaches work best to help contain the spread of measles at a university campus?

Isolation: Make sure that those who are actively infected are isolated from those who are healthy and those helping in care have good antibody protection. ...Read more

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Can you spread the weakened measles from the vaccine to not immunized people?

Can you spread the weakened measles from the vaccine to not immunized people?

Spreading measles : You don't spread measles to others from the live attenuated vaccine, but people who are immunecomperamize should not receive the vaccine since it can can cause them to have the disease. Good luck ...Read more

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What causes measles?

Single viral strain: Measles is caused by a virus with only 1 known strain & humans as the only known source. Infection is passed by contact with infected fluid on surfaces or in the air from a sneeze or cough. Immunization has reduced the case numbers when used, but is not 100% efective after 1 dose. Ease of international travel & transmission during incubation results in clusters of new cases every year. ...Read more

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What are the measles?

What are the measles?

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