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Viral Infections in Childhood: Measles


Measles : A highly contagious infectious disease caused by MORBILLIVIRUS, common among children but also seen in the nonimmune of any age, in which the virus enters the respiratory tract via droplet nuclei and multiplies in the epithelial cells, spreading throughout the reticuloendothelial system. (From Dorland, 27th ed) [1]

Measles Virus : The type species of MORBILLIVIRUS and the cause of the highly infectious human disease measles, which affects mostly children. [1]

Measles Vaccine : A live attenuated virus vaccine of chick embryo origin, used for routine immunization of children and for immunization of adolescents and adults who have not had measles or been immunized with live measles vaccine and have no serum antibodies against measles. Children are usually immunized with measles-mumps-rubella combination vaccine. (From Dorland, 28th ed) [1]

[1] MeSH 2001 © National Library of Medicine

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