Measles

Measles
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  • There have been 6 cases of measles that have suddenly appeared on campus. Currently our staff is checking the immunization records however we are dumbfounded and unsure of how and why it’s spreading so quickly. Here’s what we are thinking:
  • A disease that can be caused is measles. Measles is an infectious viral disease that causes a fever and red rash on the skin. Itis an airborne disease that is highly contagious and is spread by sneezing or coughing via close personal or direct contact.
  • Antigens are proteins found on the surface of a pathogen. When an antigen enters the body, antibodies destroy the antigens, and is then engulfed and digested by macrophages, which is a leukocyte. 
  • It starts with fever, dry cough, runny nose, inflammation of the eyes, and sore throat. Secondly, a skin rash that flow into each other that starts at the head and gradually moves down to the thighs and feet, and also tiny white spots with blue-ish on a red background inside the mouth on inner lining of cheek and the fever rises to as high as 105.
  • A lysosome organelle in the cytoplasm of eukaryotic cells
  • Symptoms do not appear until 10-14 days after exposure
  • Measles cause a temporary depression of cell-mediated immune system. Although there is a depression of the immune system proliferative and cytotoxic T respond after the virus infection. 
  • I feel so hot!
  • What an ugly rash!
  • Cytotoxic T cells are involved in specific immunity by attacking the virus after macrophages tells the cytotoxic T cells that there is an intruder. As well as cytotoxic T cells helper T cells also help in the fight against viruses.
  • The humoral response of measles is for the plasma and memory B cells to create antibody to fight against the measles infection.
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