Post-measles vaccination diarrhoea in infant - could standard faeces lab tests find virus?

Glutinous glutinosity at $yahoo$.co.uk
Thu Dec 4 17:57:11 EST 2003

Hello John (if you're still checking this NG!),

Just to say thanks for the reply and the info.  In fact we had
reported it to the doc (hence the faeces sample), but two days later
we ended up being sent by our (locum) doc (without being seen at the
surgery...) to our local children's hospital.  They also recommended
hydration and monitoring.   I'd started giving him some 'live'
yoghurt, and this seemed to help (on the day I forgot, he
deteriorated, so...).  He's back to his usual happy self again now.

As I had to take the sample in that day, I didn't check back here the
following day, and one thing led to another, but this is to
acknowledge and thank you for your effort in replying.

On Wed, 26 Nov 2003 20:39:01 -0500, John Gentile <yjgent at cox.net>

>in article j289sv896ngf6365p1qs98l9h3v1qpggqf at 4ax.com, Glutinous at
>glutinosity@$yahoo$.co.uk wrote on 11/26/03 7:58 AM:
>> As the subj line says, I have an 18-month baby with fairly serious
>> diarrhoea, lasting about 5 days now, following a measles jab.
>> Since measles is associated with compromising the lining of the gut,
>> we are fairly convinced this illness was initiated by the measles
>> innoculation.
>> We are about to return a faeces culture to our doctor's clinic.  The
>> accompanying form requests standard faeces culture and faeces parasite
>> tests.  There is also a virology / serology lab section, which has a
>> space for specifying 'other investigations'.
>> I am wondering whether it would be worth specifying testing for the
>> measles virus, or its effects, but am unsure of the terminology.
>> The reason I'm asking here is because in the UK there's a big issue
>> over the MMR jab, and we have chosen to go for three separate
>> vaccinations.  I am concerned that our doctor, in a clinic which
>> promotes MMR as 100% safe, will not take our request seriously, and
>> want to present as detailed a case as possible for specifying this lab
>> test.
>> Any comments gladly received!  As you willo appreciate, this is a
>> time-sensitive issue, so sooner than later wouod be good for me...
>> Thank you.
>I don't think I've heard of any measles vaccine causing diarrhea. There are
>a lot of childhood illnesses that occur normally and coincidentally around
>the time of a vaccine shot. They are not related and the diarrhea would have
>probably have happened anyway. A very common childhood diarrhea is caused by
>the Rotavirus and is usually a limited course, provided that proper
>nutrition and hydration are provided.
>Any diarrhea should be investigated if it doesn't go away in a few days. 5
>days is too long and should be reported to the doctor. Even without the
>vaccine entering into the picture you should call. If it is a viral diarrhea
>there isn't much to do except to prevent dehydration.

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