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    You find out you have been exposed to the measles. You are concerned because you have never had measles, so you go to see your doctor. Your doctor takes a blood sample and sends it to the lab for an antibody titer. She calls you with the results and informs you that IgM levels are elevated but IgG levels are normal. Does this mean you have the disease? Have you been exposed to measles? Be specific.

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    No, it's not likely that you have been exposed to measles because IgG is the primary antibody produced against measles, a viral diseases. T-cell dependent antibody response begins with IgM secretion before other isotypes are produced, so high IgM ...

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    The solution answers a scenario about being exposed to measles and IgM and IgG levels.