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Paediatr Child Health. 2012 Apr;17(4):e32-3.

Differentiating the wild from the attenuated during a measles outbreak.

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Communicable Disease Control, Alberta Health Services;

Abstract

in English, French

In the midst of a local measles outbreak, a recently immunized child was investigated for a new-onset measles-type rash. Nucleic acid testing identified that a vaccine-type measles virus was being shed in the urine. Clinically differentiating measles from a nonmeasles rash is challenging, but can be supported by a thorough medical history evaluation. Rashes are expected to occur after immunization; nucleic acid testing can be used when it is difficult to differentiate between wild and attenuated strains.

KEYWORDS:

Measles; PCR; Secondary transmission; Vaccine

PMID:
23543773
PMCID:
PMC3381670

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