Measles is a highly infectious viral illness that can be very unpleasant and sometimes lead to serious complications. It's now uncommon in the UK because of the effectiveness of vaccination.
Anyone can get measles if they haven't been vaccinated or they haven't had it before, although it's most common in young children. The infection usually clears in around 7 to 10 days.
Symptoms of measles
The initial symptoms of measles develop around 10 days after you're infected. These can include:
#cold-like symptoms, such as a runny nose, sneezing, and a cough
#sore, red eyes that may be sensitive to light
#a high temperature (fever), which may reach around 40C (104F)
#small greyish-white spots on the inside of the cheeks
#A few days later, a red-brown blotchy rash will appear. This usually starts on the head or upper neck, before spreading outwards to the rest of the body.
Is measles serious?
Measles can be unpleasant, but will usually pass in about 7 to 10 days without causing any further problems. Once you've had measles, your body builds up resistance (immunity) to the virus and it's highly unlikely you'll get it again.
However, measles can lead to serious and potentially life-threatening complications in some people. These include infections of the lungs (pneumonia) and brain (encephalitis).
How measles is spread
The measles virus is contained in the millions of tiny droplets that come out of the nose and mouth when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
You can easily catch measles by breathing in these droplets or, if the droplets have settled on a surface, by touching the surface and then placing your hands near your nose or mouth.
How common is measles?
The effectiveness of the MMR vaccine means that cases of measles are uncommon in the UK nowadays. However, the number of cases has risen in recent years, the rise in the number of cases of measles is the result of parents not getting their child vaccinated with the MMR vaccine.
Test intended use
This kit employs purified Anti-Measles Virus(MV) specific antigen,together with the principle of Gold Immuno-filtration Assay (GIFA) to detect anti-MV antibody in human serum indirectly. It's rapid, easy, safe, intuitive, sensitive and specific whithout special equipment.this test is applied to clinical assistant diagnosis and epidemiology research.
1. Take out the kit and put it at room temperature for 20-30min;
2. Dispense 1 drop of wash buffer to the test window,waiting for the liquid to wet the membrane well;
3. Add 150ul of serum(4 drops if with a sample pipet)into the test window,waiting for the liquid to be absorbed completely;
4. Add 3 drops of colloidal Gold Conjugate into the test window,waiting for the liquid to be absorbed enough;
5. Add 3 drops of wash buffer into the test window,and interpret the result within 3 minutes immediately after the liquid is absorbed adequately.
Note: This is SERUM / plasma TEST only,
You need to be able to separate SERUM / plasma from blood, to perform measles test.
Note1: This is SERUM / plasma TEST only,
You need to be able to separate SERUM / plasma from blood, to perform RF test.