The research had shown that the Measles virus is highly infectious and contagious and can be spread when someone with the virus coughs, sneezes, or exhales. Once inside the respiratory tract, the measles virus penetrates into immune cells that sit at the interface between the lungs and bloodstream. And from there, the viruses reproduce or make an exact copy and spreads to immune cells throughout the human body. Measles affects long-term damage to the human immune system, leaving children who have had it vulnerable to other contagious long after the critical illness has passed.
As per the news that the two studies of unvaccinated kids in an Orthodox Protestant community in the Netherlands have researched that measles virus wipe out the immune system’s memory of previous illnesses, returning it to a more baby-like state, and also leaves the body less equipped to fight off serious infections.
Measles viruses eliminated between eleven per cent and seventy per cent of children’s protective antibodies, the research found. It is found strong evidence that the measles virus is actually destroying the immune system stated by Prof Stephen Elledge who is a geneticist at Harvard Medical School and co-author of one of the papers. The threat measles poses to people is much greater than we previously visualized. Globally, measles viruses affect more than seven million people each year and cause more than 100,000 deaths. Reduced vaccination rates have led to a nearly three hundred increase in measles infections since 2018.
To tackle earlier hidden infections, the immune system depends on constantly pumping out a diverse span of immune cells – thousands of variant varieties, each with slightly different receptors on their surfaces, with a collective ability to recognize almost any pathogen. The more diverse range of them we have the better told by Petrova. Therefore, after measles viruses, the children had a far more restricted range. The immune system also makes a long-lived memory cell, which has permanently in circulation, permitting the body to faster recognize and eliminate previously encountered infections.