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What to do if I do not think I have measles. what disease is this?

What to do if I do not think I have measles. what disease is this?

Disease Diagnosis.: There isn't enough information to venture a guess. Medical evaluation may help to clarify the diagnosis. Take care. ...Read more

Dr. Melissa Gowans
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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 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?

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

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What disease is measles sometimes confused with?

What disease is measles sometimes confused with?

Maybe roseola?: This is a disease with high fever which comes down and then a rash breaks out. There are many viruses that carry unique symptoms and some similar. All the best. ...Read more

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How come most of us get the "childhood diseases" such as measles and chicken box only once?

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

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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?

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/death rates are higher in those 20 years old. ...Read more

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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?

Yes: The more common results of rubella during first trimester include sensorineural deafness (58%), eye abnormalities—especially retinopathy, cataract and microphthalmia (43%) and congenital heart disease—especially patent ductus arteriosus (50% of patients). ...Read more

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My 9 month baby missed his measels vaccine last week since he is recovering from hand foot mouth disease. When can I put him measels vaccine? Pls adv

My 9 month baby missed his measels vaccine last week since he is recovering from hand foot mouth disease. When can I put him measels vaccine? Pls adv

Okay to wait: Most in the US give the first dose at 1 yr unless there is a significant outbreak in the area, then as early as 6 mo. As long as the baby is well into recovery (drinking well again and fever free) the vaccine could be given at your convenience. Often we wait a month after a bad case of HFM. ...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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