Before this, what we knew about measles was, it is a highly contagious disease that spreads through the air. In most of the cases, it results in spotted rashes which slowly spread over the body. Now scientists have unveiled a new mystery regarding measles. Researchers say measles entirely erases the immune system of children makes them vulnerable to other killing diseases. A trial including 26 un-vaccinated teens with measles has found the fatal infection has zeroed defense system within their body. In other words, youngster’s bodies had forgotten all the defense systems developed against different diseases. Scientists say the attack of measles had lowered their internal defense system to that of an infant.
Although measles is a vaccine-preventable disease, thus the latest measles-related discovery may increase necessities for obligatory vaccinations. As per Public Health England (PHE), one among seven children, around 500,000, has not gained immunization against measles, mumps, and rubella. The news arrives between an anti-vaxx movement powered by a regularly disproved study that asserted the vaccine leads to autism. Most teenagers die due to measles because of difficulties caused by the infectious virus. Michael Mina, a co-author of the study, said measles mainly wipes-out patients’ potential to protect themselves adequately.
The team of researchers involved in the study has published their research in the journal Science. The finding also couples with another study released in the journal Science Immunology. Using information from a group of un-immunized children, both researchers have uncovered a long-surmised fact about measles. On the other hand, in the current year, the U.S. has seen the most massive measles epidemic since the past two-and-a-half decade. As of the beginning of October, more than 1,200 cases were reported across the region. Notably, the highly contagious disease has affected anti-vaxxers and families, selecting not to vaccinate their kids. The disease has re-emerged across the globe as well as at the regions which had eradicated measles. WHO says, before the development of the vaccine, measles has taken the lives of around 2.6 million people every year.