Measles Virus

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Measles is a highly contagious viral infection of the respiratory system, which causes a skin rash and fever. Measles are known by a variety of common names such as Red Measles, Morbilli, Rubella and more. The scientific name is known as ‘Morbillivirus measles virus.’ The virus is caused by touching surfaces with infected mucus or having physical contact with an infected person and becomes infectious around five days after being exposed to the virus.

Measles is one of the most infectious diseases. It quite commonly occurs among children or crowded areas, where the disease can easily be transmitted. CDC recommends that all children get the combination vaccine, known as MMR.

Signs and Symptoms:
The symptoms of measles may include; a fever, …show more content…

Swollen lymph nodes, dry cough, pink eyes and sensitivity to light are also the body’s reaction to infection.

Measles is known to eventually get rid of itself in a few weeks, as there is no known cure for this infectious disease. However, drinking a lot of water and fruit juice will help to replace fluids which were lost in the skin due to the virus. Other complications such as ear infections can be treated with antibiotics, which are medications that will help to destroy bacteria. It is recommended to go back to school or work five days after the rashes have disappeared. This is to make sure that the virus is gone and will not put other people at risk.

A vaccine known as MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella) is highly recommended to everyone as it helps prevent the risk of the combination of the three diseases. The first dose is given at 12-15 months and the second dose is given at 4-6 years old. There are two ways someone can be ‘immune’ to the virus, once someone has measles, they have a lower risk of getting it again or by having the two doses of the MMR vaccine.

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Social networking platforms such as yahoo answers, Instagram, Facebook etc. have impacted the way people nowadays find and research diseases. When someone becomes concerned, they have easy access to research symptoms, diseases, causes and treatments. Companies such as WHO (World Health Organisation) and CDC (the Centres for Disease Control and prevention) have created websites which give all the information needed on most diseases. Not only is it easier to find information, it also helps raise awareness for diseases or charity. Technological advancements are helping people become aware of diseases such as measles and know preventions and treatments.

Advancements are helping in the treatment of measles in a variety of ways. Some of the treatments have been found by people who have found ways to reduce pain or complications. They spread the word about their findings on social networking or websites, so that if anyone else has the virus, they have some treatments they can try out. This has also helped with scientist’s research on measles as they can find more causes and look more in depth into the

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