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What are measles? Why was it a threat to children in the 1950's?

What are measles? Why was it a threat to children in the 1950's?

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

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Measles (Definition)

Also known as rubeola, this is a formerly common childhood viral infection that causes a fever with cough, runny nose, red eyes, and a characteristic red rash. Rare complications include pneumonia and encephalitis. The ...Read more


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What does measles look like?

What does measles look like?

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

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What is measles- viral or bacterial?

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Virus: Measles (also called rubeola) is a highly contagious virus that is transmitted via the respiratory route. A person infected with measles can infect others up to 7 days prior to symptoms and up to 3-4 days after the onset of symptoms. You can prevent getting the infection by getting the MMR (mumps, measles, rubella) vaccination. ...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

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In what ways is measles spread?

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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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What happens if measles were eradicated, how will its eradication change the world?

Malaria: The economics and morbidity and mortality of this disease are closely tied together. In addition to eliminating a major cause of childhood death it will allow members of the populations at risk to work longer hours, not expend financial resources on medications, and relieve much of the burden placed on the social and health care systems. ...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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Help me out here: what is german measles?

Rubella: Rubella is the virus causing the "german" measles, sometimes called the "three day" measles. It can cause serious problems for an unborn baby (congenital rubella syndrome) if mom contracts this virus in the first half of the pregnancy. Other than in pregnancy, severe or serious complications are uncommon with rubella. ...Read more

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What is in measles vaccine and how is it delivered?

What is in measles vaccine and how is it delivered?

Measles virus: Measles vaccine is made from measles virus, but it's altered so that it causes no disease in most, but slight disease in a few (low grade fever and/or rash for 1-2 days). It is delivered via a needle into the tissue that lies under the skin. It stimulates the immune system to make antibodies against the virus, but without having to have the full-blown illness, with all the illness's risk, first. ...Read more

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What does a measles rash look like?

Google it: Truly a picture is worth a thousand words and google images has some great pictures. http://dermatology.about.com/od/infectionvirus/ig/measles/ here is one link. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what does the measles rash actually look like?

Pricky Heat: Prickly heat. Or pink/red dots like a marker dot all over the body. There a number of infections that can have similar rashes. Measles has other symptoms, such as fever, cough, and runny nose. ...Read more

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What to do for measles?

What to do for measles?

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

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What typically causes the measles?

What typically causes the measles?

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

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What complications come with measles?

Many different: Complications of measles infection may include: •bronchitisencephalitis (about 1 out of 1, 000 measles cases) •ear infection (otitis media) •pneumonia and of course death is also possible. ...Read more

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What can cause 4 measles vaccines and 4 hep b vaccines given to not be effective?

What can cause 4 measles vaccines and 4 hep b vaccines given to not be effective?

Immune issues: See your doc. Some people have immune deficiencies that can prevent the normal responses to vaccines. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of measles?

Fever, rash, cough: Measles is a severe illness. Affected people act quite ill, with high fevers, a rash, and often a very severe cough. The eyes may also be bright red. ...Read more

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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

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What is other illnesses are measles easily confused with?

Many, many, many: Though cough, coryza, and koplik spots are things medical students memorize, in real-life, it is easily missed unless you are thiking about it. Some other diagnoses includes: influenza, strept throat, viral syndrome, mono... ...Read more

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What can I do if my 16 month old brother may have the measles, what should we do?

Vitamisan: Vitamin a is it has just started this is known to be helpful in measles. Otherwise the treatment is just help with whatever symptoms develop. ...Read more

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Unvaccinated child with measles. What is the chance of a child dying or having severe complications from the measles?

Happens: Case fatality rates run 1-3/1000 while significant brain damage from measles encephalitis runs 1/1000. Individual pre-illness health and underlying conditions can increase personal risk. ...Read more

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Two of my colleagues have been diagnosed with measles. What should I be looking out for? Is there any way to prevent getting ill?

Immunization: There is evidence that the measles immunization given within 72 hrs of exposure can protect some. For vulnerable persons the measles immunoglobulin can be given up to 6 days after exposure & will reduce the effects of the illness. This can all be discussed with your primary care provider who would know what if any of these are available in your area. ...Read more

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Recurrent measles, what is the cause and the maximum number of times measles can reoccur in a person who has been infected once already?

Odd statement: There are a large number of processes that may produce a "measles like" rash. There is also more than one measles.I suspect you are referring to someone who has had such reactions and either self labeled or been labeled as recurrent measles. To document measles you need blood tests, or a doc that has seen it before and knows true measles well.It doesn't recur unless you have an immune defect. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for measles in general?

Symptomatic care: Measles is not generally treated specifically but rather the affected individual is given meds to decrease fever, headache and other symptoms. ...Read more

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I don't want to develop german measles. What steps can I take?

I don't want to develop german measles. What steps can I take?

Vaccination: German measles is caused by the rubella virus. There are vaccines available to provide you with an immunity to the rubella virus. If you have not had the rubella vaccine, you should see you doctor, or your community health clinic. ...Read more

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My brother was diagnosed with german measles. What does this mean?

German Measles: Most of the population get vaccinated to this. It will run it's course with him and he needs to keep away from un-vaccinated people. It is more of a problem with pregnant patients who have no immunity because it can cause mental retardation in the baby. ...Read more

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I'm experiencing intense heat during german measles. What should I do?

Fever and viral illn: First, your should substantially increase your fluid intake. The fever can usually be controlled with tylenol (acetaminophen) and motrin. Tylenol (acetaminophen) goes on every 4 hours and Motrin on every 6 hours; t. ...Read more

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What to do if I have intense heat during german measles. What should I do?

Intense heat: What do you mean by intense heat? With german measles your run a fever which could be causing intense heat. Please resubmit your question if you still are wondering about intense heat. ...Read more

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What is the risk of measles for someone with chronic asthma or copd?

Yes: Having chronic lung disease, doesn't protect one from measles, nor does it increase the risk. It doesn't increase the risk of severe disease from measles. ...Read more

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My 2 year of son may have measles. what treatment can I give at home to help. He will be going to the Doctor as well.

Comfort measures: True measles & a lot of what looks like it are viral in origin & have no particular treatments. The main problems come from the worrisome complications. Many get bacterial ear infections or pneumonia as the process progresses. This can be sorted out with a visit. Keeping them hydrated & fed while they have a poor appetite is a challenge. High fever can benefit from ibuprofen or acetaminophen. ...Read more

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Were symptoms of measles in the 1890s the same as symptoms of measles in the 1990's?

Yes: Yes but in the 1890's more people died from the measles than in the 1990's due to improved medical care. Measles is not a good virus to catch so get vaccinated. ...Read more

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Who can get the measles?

Who can get the measles?

Not vaccinated: You can get measles if you haven't been vaccinated against measles. The MMR [measles, mumps, rubella] vaccine gives you 95-98% protection after the 2nd dose, which is pretty darn good. Usually you don't get measles if you've already had it once. ...Read more

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How do you cure measles?

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

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Can u get measles twice?

Can u get measles twice?

? define measles ?: There are 2 separate infections commonly labeled measles and one often called baby measles. All are caused by different viruses that confer lifelong immunity after infection. A problem with many is the similarity of the rashes and the tendency of many to self label. Many docs don't want you in the office for confirmation as you would expose other patients. The short answer is no. ...Read more

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Can you die from measles?

Unfortunately: As many as 1 out of 2000 infected people may die from measles infections which can cause serious pneumonia or encephalitis ( a brain infection). This can be minimized by proper immunizations. Get the shot. ...Read more

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