One of Bahçeci IVF doctors, gynecology and IVF specialist Assoc. Dr Önder Sakin warned: “Because measles is a droplet-borne disease, expectant mothers should definitely use a mask in crowded environments and avoid close contact as much as possible.”
Fever, cough and rash ARE THE MOST COMMON SYMPTOMS
“Measles is the most common rash disease. It is transmitted through direct contact with the secretions in the throat area of the infected person or through droplets. It can be transmitted through close contact with an infected person, coughing, sneezing, or staying in a room with long time a high virus load,” said Assoc. Dr Sakin said: “It can be transmitted 4 days before the onset of symptoms and 4 days after the rash appears. In other words, it is possible to be contagious for up to a week. The incubation period is between 1-2 weeks Symptoms do not appear immediately after exposure to the virus Symptoms begin after at least a week Mild or high fever, cough, runny nose, red eyes and rash are among the most common symptoms of measles Rash can be seen from behind the ear and extending spreading to the body, trunk, arms and legs; in this case, a doctor should be consulted as soon as possible,” he said.
TAKING MEASURES DURING PREGNANCY DOES NOT AFFECT THE HEALTH OF THE BABY
associate Dr Sakin said: “For the diagnosis of measles, the level of antibodies in the blood is checked. Immunoglobulin is used in the treatment. The immune system must be strengthened; as it is a viral disease, its treatment is limited. There is no specific antiviral drug for measles. The fact that measles is passed on during pregnancy does not pose a risk to the health of mother and baby. Measles does not cause premature birth, miscarriage or any abnormality in the baby to be born. In other words, it does not pose a risk of disability to the baby and does not cause termination of pregnancy. Therefore, expectant mothers with measles need not worry. There are some things they should pay attention to in order not to experience discomfort. As with all droplet-borne diseases, infected people transmit this virus by coughing, sneezing and releasing virus-laden particles into the air that they breathe, so this virus-laden air should not be inhaled to protect against the virus. In addition, it is extremely important not to make close contact with the infected person and to use a face mask in busy environments. The short contact time and low viral load can reduce the risk of infection.
NO MEASURES VACCINE IS GIVEN DURING PREGNANCY
associate Dr Sakin said: “The fact that the measles vaccine has been given in the past is important in terms of protection against infection and prevention of disease. The measles vaccine is highly protective if sufficient antibody levels are provided. The measles vaccine is absolutely not administered during the pregnancy.Women planning to have children can be vaccinated against measles before pregnancy.If women have not had childhood diseases such as mumps, measles, rubella, vaccination should be scheduled after necessary tests.It is recommended to avoid pregnancy After this period, pregnancy can be planned,” he said.