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Measles makes body 'forget' how to fight infection

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    Posted: October 31 2019 at 11:09pm
Measles makes body 'forget' how to fight infection

Quote Measles has a devastating impact on the body's immune system that could make it harder to fight infections for years, a pair of studies show.

The virus can cause "immune amnesia" - meaning the body forgets how to fight bugs it once knew how to beat.

Measles also resets the immune system to a "baby-like" state, compromising its ability to devise ways of tackling new infections.

Experts said the findings showed the importance of vaccination.

It is estimated that 110,000 people die from measles each year around the world.

The immune system has a memory of the hostile invaders it has fought off before.

Part of this memory is kept in memory B-cells, which are a type of immune cell that has specialised in producing just one type of antibody.

But the measles virus can infect and destroy these cells, causing "immune amnesia".

From The BBC
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