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1

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

2

How is measles spread?

Respiratory droplets

3

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

4

How long is the incubation period of measles?

10 days (until fever, rash appears day 14)

5

What are the first clinical manifestations of a measles infection?

3 C's: Cough, coryza (runny nose), and conjunctivitis
Fever

6

What clinical manifestations of measles infection appear later on?

Koplik spots on buccal mucosa
Rash appears 4 days after fever

7

What are the characteristics of a measles rash?

Erythematous, maculopapular, coalesces to become confluent
Begins at hairline and spreads downwards

8

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)

9

What is the most common cause of death in someone with a measles infection?

Pneumonia

10

What increases the severity of the measles infection?

Malnutrition
Immunodeficiencies (HIV)
Vitamin A deficiency

11

How is measles diagnosed?

Clinical
Serology (IgM, paired acute-convalescent IgG)
Viral culture (difficult, can tell you if strains are related)
PCR

12

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)

13

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

14

How is mumps transmitted?

Respiratory droplets

15

When is someone with measles most infectious?

Before the rash appears (1-14 days after exposure)

16

When is someone with mumps most infectious?

2 days before salivary swelling to 5 days afterwards

17

What are clinical features of mumps?

1/3 asymptomatic
Characterized by swelling of salivary glands, particularly parotid
Can get swelling of other glandular tissue (testes)

18

What are complications of mumps infection?

Encephalitis
Deafness
Infertility

19

How is mumps diagnosed?

Clinical
Serology: IgM, IgG
Culture (saliva, CSF)
PCR (Can be positive after vaccine)

20

What family and genus is Rubella in?

Togavirus family, Rubivirus genus (only member)

21

What is the structure of Rubella?

Single stranded RNA
Lipid envelope (wimpy)
Glycoprotein spikes on surface

22

How is Rubella spread?

Respiratory droplets
Vertical transmission

23

What is the pathogenesis of Rubella?

NOT cytolytic
Infects upper respiratory tract
Spreads to local lymph nodes
Antibody develops and CMI eliminates infection

24

How long is the incubation period of mumps?

2-3 weeks

25

How long is the incubation period of rubella?

2-3 weeks

26

When is someone with rubella most infectious?

Prodrome period (before symptoms) until 2 weeks after rash

27

What are clinical symptoms of post-natally acquired Rubella?

Rash
Cervical lymphadenopathy
Arthritis

28

The symptoms of Rubella are mild, so why do we vaccinate?

Congenital rubella has more serious effects

29

What are clinical symptoms of congenital Rubella syndrome?

Triad of: Cataracts, Heart disease, Deafness
Also: hepatosplenomegaly, "blueberry muffin rash", mental retardation

30

How is Rubella diagnosed?

Clinical
Serology (IgM, IgG)
PCR
Culture (difficult)