Thursday, March 05, 2009
Measles (Rubeola) virus
Hello my name is Measles.
I am also called Rubeola and 1st disease.
I am part of the Paramyxoviridae family.
I cause a special kind of exanthem, or rash.
My rash starts on your head, then moves down to your chest and then to your legs.
I give you red spots with blue centres inside your mouth.
These are called Koplick spots.
I can also cause subacute sclerosing pan-encephalitis.
This is a disease that shuts down your brain.
I used to be found a lot in kids, but nowadays most kids are vaccinated against me.