Measles Erases Immune ‘Memory’ for Other Diseases

October 31, 2019

(Nature) – Measles infections in children can wipe out the immune system’s memory of other illnesses such as influenza, according to a pair of studies. This can leave kids who recover from measles vulnerable to other pathogens that they might have been protected from before their bout with the virus. The findings, published on 31 October in Science and Science Immunology, come at a time when measles cases are spiking around the world. Globally, there were more measles infections in the first six months of 2019 than in any year since 2006, according to the World Health Organization.