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

John Gentile yjgent at cox.net
Fri Dec 5 00:17:35 EST 2003

Glad to hear that he's feeling his normal self again!

in article phevsv4gr5htdt9rm63j8h4kbeieq1hct4 at 4ax.com, Glutinous at
glutinosity@$yahoo$.co.uk wrote on 12/4/03 5:57 PM:

> 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>
> wrote:
>> 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.

John Gentile                            Secretary,  Rhode Island Apple Group
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