Flashcards in Measles, Mumps, Rubella Deck (46)
What is the structure of the paramyxoviruses (measles, mumps)?
Single stranded RNA in a helical nucleocapsid
Surrounded by lipid bilayer (wimpy) envelope
Envelope studded with virus encoded glycoproteins
How is measles spread?
What is the pathogenesis of measles?
Infects respiratory epithelial cells of susceptible hosts
Incubates (virus replicates) and spreads to lymph nodes
Primary viremia infects respiratory epithelium and T cells
How long is the incubation period of measles?
10 days (until fever, rash appears day 14)
What are the first clinical manifestations of a measles infection?
3 C's: Cough, coryza (runny nose), and conjunctivitis
What clinical manifestations of measles infection appear later on?
Koplik spots on buccal mucosa
Rash appears 4 days after fever
What are the characteristics of a measles rash?
Erythematous, maculopapular, coalesces to become confluent
Begins at hairline and spreads downwards
What makes measles such a deadly illness?
Causes transient but profound immunosuppression, making hosts susceptible to secondary infections
Also causes encephalitis
(sub acute scleroising panencephalitis can appear years later)
What is the most common cause of death in someone with a measles infection?
What increases the severity of the measles infection?
Vitamin A deficiency
How is measles diagnosed?
Serology (IgM, paired acute-convalescent IgG)
Viral culture (difficult, can tell you if strains are related)
When is the measles vaccine given?
Given combined with mumps and rubella as MMR+/-V
Two doses given after 1 yo
(in endemic countries, vaccine given once at 9 mo)
What is the pathogenesis of mumps?
Infection in upper respiratory tract epithelium
Spreads to local lymph nodes
Viremia infects various sites (salivary glands, cochlea, seminiferous tubules)
CMI controls infection but also causes most of symptoms
How is mumps transmitted?
When is someone with measles most infectious?
Before the rash appears (1-14 days after exposure)
When is someone with mumps most infectious?
2 days before salivary swelling to 5 days afterwards
What are clinical features of mumps?
Characterized by swelling of salivary glands, particularly parotid
Can get swelling of other glandular tissue (testes)
What are complications of mumps infection?
How is mumps diagnosed?
Serology: IgM, IgG
Culture (saliva, CSF)
PCR (Can be positive after vaccine)
What family and genus is Rubella in?
Togavirus family, Rubivirus genus (only member)
What is the structure of Rubella?
Single stranded RNA
Lipid envelope (wimpy)
Glycoprotein spikes on surface
How is Rubella spread?
What is the pathogenesis of Rubella?
Infects upper respiratory tract
Spreads to local lymph nodes
Antibody develops and CMI eliminates infection
How long is the incubation period of mumps?
How long is the incubation period of rubella?
When is someone with rubella most infectious?
Prodrome period (before symptoms) until 2 weeks after rash
What are clinical symptoms of post-natally acquired Rubella?
The symptoms of Rubella are mild, so why do we vaccinate?
Congenital rubella has more serious effects
What are clinical symptoms of congenital Rubella syndrome?
Triad of: Cataracts, Heart disease, Deafness
Also: hepatosplenomegaly, "blueberry muffin rash", mental retardation