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Doctor insights on: What Type Of Pathogen Causes Measles

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Dr. Daniel Saurborn
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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 other symptoms are caused by german measles?

What other symptoms are caused by german measles?

Non-specific: German measles (rubella) in adults and older children is usually a self limited illness characterized by "flu"-like symptoms (i.S. Fever, coughing, a rash) and is usually short-lived. It can present as stillbirth or with serious birth defects if acquired transplacentally during the first trimester. It msy sldo give a rash. ...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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Can childhood illnesses such as measles cause dystonia?

Can childhood illnesses such as measles cause dystonia?

Hm...: Measles usually leaves no consequences, but in some children it may lead to either acute or chronic (slowly developing) encephalitis that can be a cause of dystonia. ...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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I have bellspalsy it's caused by a virus could it be measles virus even though I was vaccinated in the 7o's?

I have bellspalsy it's caused by a virus could it be measles virus even though I was vaccinated in the 7o's?

Probably not measles: Bell Palsy may be caused by herpes, chicken pox virus, Lyme disease, syphilis, Epstein-Barr virus, cytomegalovirus, human immunodeficiency virus [HIV], common cold viruses, or mycoplasma. It can also be caused by inflammation alone, or small blood vessel problems from diabetes or high blood pressure. ...Read more

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If colds are caused by rhinovirus mainly, why doesn't our inmune system have defenses against it? (like measles).Does this virus change everyear? .

If colds are caused by rhinovirus mainly, why doesn't our inmune system have defenses against it? (like measles).Does this virus change everyear? .

Many viruses: The "common cold" is caused by many viruses, though, as you point out, rhinovirus is the most common accounting for 30–80% of colds in a given season. Others include a type of picornavirus with 99 known serotypes, coronavirus, influenza viruses, adenoviruses, human parainfluenza viruses, human respiratory syncytial virus, enteroviruses and more. ...Read more

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Does the measles of dengue cause itchiness?

Does the measles of dengue cause itchiness?

The rash from: Dengue fever may itch (but it often is not itchy). Dengue fever is not associated with measles. ...Read more

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Could measles in pregnancy cause anencephaly?

Measles in pregnancy: If a pregnant woman has measles it depends on the trimester what effects it will have on the fetus. It can cause brain anomalies as well. You OB should be the one counselling you on this, and the ultra sound of the fetus tells a lot about such problems. Talk to your ob. ...Read more

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What causes measles?

A virus: Measles is a contagious disease cause by a virus. ...Read more

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My 13 year old is having the measles booster jab at 13, will it cause autism?

My 13 year old is having the measles booster jab at 13, will it cause autism?

No: There is no evidence that immunizations cause autistic spectrum disorders; especially at 13 years of age! Get the shot if his doctor recommends it! ...Read more

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Can measles lead to infertility in men? Is there even a possibility that the infection can cause infertility?

Can measles lead to infertility in men? Is there even a possibility that the infection can cause infertility?

Orchitis: Viral orchitis that leads to sterility is classically associated with mumps; I suppose that there would be a remote possibility that measles could present with this, but the odds would greatly be against that. ...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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Measles can make you blind and cause birth defects. Is all this true?

Yes: However, the childhood diseases were always so common when I was a child that we expected them and there were no complcations. We assumed that it was mother nature's way of stimulating the immune system. In england, I would treat about 200 cases of measles every 2 years----no complications---why? Because the kids were not overwhelmed with "junk". They were healthy! ...Read more

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My system won't hold a titer for mumps or measles even after booster vaccinations, though it does for ruebella. What might cause this?

An immune deficiency: Checking specific antibody production (or titer) after receiving a vaccination is how immunologists assess the function of your immune system. Even though your rubella response is okay, the lack of response to the others suggests an immune defect, especially in the context of recurrent infections or other findings like low immunoglobulins. ...Read more

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I have lupus, 3 days ago got very swollen with white under Lt side of tongue. Now have small red lesion spots on body, cause? Lupus? Measles?

I have lupus, 3 days ago got very swollen with white under Lt side of tongue. Now have small red lesion spots on body, cause? Lupus? Measles?

Lupus: Your symptoms are part of the multiplicity of symptoms that lupus can manifest. Talk to your doc and a rheumatologist. Take a look at this also:

http://www. Healthline. Com/health/lupus/effects-on-body ...Read more

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Born in 1975. I think I got measles vaccine but not sure type (live or killed virus) and if got 1 shot or 2. Do I need get current MMR vaccine?

Born in 1975. I think I got measles vaccine but not sure type (live or killed virus) and if got 1 shot or 2. Do I need get current MMR vaccine?

MMR for adults: Persons vaccinated before 1979 with either killed mumps vaccine or mumps vaccine of unknown type who are at high risk for mumps infection should be considered for revaccination with 2 doses of MMR vaccine. High risk adults are healthcare workers, travel internationally or are college students. Your doctor can send a blood test to check the status of your immunity before repeating vaccinations. ...Read more

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A child has measles before immunization and yesterday he was immunized and some reactions like not opening his eyes, not talking, what might cause dat?

A child has measles before immunization and yesterday he was immunized and some reactions like not opening his eyes, not talking, what might cause dat?

Reaction to vaccine: This may be a serious reaction to theimnization and you should immediately report this to your physician. Your child should be seen immediately. ...Read more

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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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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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How do you contract measles?

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

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What complications come with measles?

Many different: Complications of measles infection may include:

bronchitis

encephalitis (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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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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What are the later symptoms of measles?

Measles: During the illness, encephalitis and pneumonia. Years later, a rare illness known as subacute sclerosing panencephalitis. ...Read more

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What are the early symptoms of measles?

URI: Nonspecific signs and symptoms. Measles typically begins with a mild to moderate fever, often accompanied by a persistent cough, runny nose, inflamed eyes (conjunctivitis) and sore throat. This relatively mild illness may last two or three days. ...Read more

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Importance of vaccinating against measles?

Measles vaccine: Very very important. This potentially deadly disease has been virtually eliminated in the USA, but is now making a comeback because people are not routinely immunizing their children. Both from an individual health benefit as well as promoting public health the use of this vaccine is essential. ...Read more