Measles Virus

Measles Virus

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  • Typically I am so small, you cannot see me without the help of a microscope.
  • Hi! I’m a measles virus. I am a highly contagious infection.
  • I spread easily through the coughs and sneezes of infected people.
  • Once inside the host, I can fight off all the immune cells
  • I don't feel so good
  • I bind to a receptor on the host cell and prepare to make more measles cells through transcription.
  • Doctor, what do I do?
  • Once I have created more measles cells I can spread everywhere. I spread to lung tissue, lymph nodes, and even intestines and the brain.
  • The symptoms I create are a cough, sneezing, red eyes, and fever. But the most noticeable symptom is the measles rash that spreads over the entire body.
  • There is not really a direct treatment for measles, just treatment to make the symptoms more bearable. Measles typically lasts about three weeks. However, you can prevent all of this by getting the measles vaccination that is currently available.
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