Measles-induced immune amnesia likely recorded in the 18th century

Francesco M. Galassi, Elena Varotto, Cristina Mussini, Andrea Cossarizza

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    -Measles induces a post-critical immunological amnesia in patients.
    -In the past, this was attributed to inanition arising from malnutrition.
    -Recent molecular studies demonstrated the basis for the measles-induced amnesia.
    -Francis Home likely described measles-induced immune amnesia already in the 18th century AD.
    Original languageEnglish
    Article number104899
    Number of pages2
    JournalJournal of Clinical Virology
    Publication statusPublished - Aug 2021


    • Measles-induced immune amnesia
    • transient immunological suppression
    • Archival Research


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