Study: Measles Virus Can Erase Immune System’s ‘Memory’
TWO STUDIES SHOW THE MEASLES VIRUS CAN MAKE THE BODY FORGET HOW TO FIGHT OFF OTHER INFECTIONS
(CNN) – Two new studies shows measles makes patients highly susceptible to other diseases.
Harvard medical school researchers found the measles virus can destroy anti-bodies.
That means it erases the body’s ability to fight off infections it was previously immune to.
Scientists call this “immune amnesia” and say measles can wipe out up to 73% of a patient’s protective anti-bodies.
They can be acquired again if the patient is exposed to the illnesses after the measles infection has run its course.
The studies were published in the peer-reviewed journals Science and Science Immunology.