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|Furthermore, measles is particularly severe if contracted from someone of the opposite sex. Hence, transmission factors, in particularly intensity of exposure and cross-sex transmission, may be more important determinants of measles mortality than the host factors usually emphasized.|
|Contrary to current assumptions, children who survive the acute phase of measles infection may have a survival advantage compared with unimmunized, uninfected children. Hence, both disease and immunization may be associated with non-specific beneficial effects, presumably due to some form of immunostimulation.|
|Should these observations be reproducable, they question the culture of ‘eradication’ and have major implications for future immunization policies.|
Does this explain intensity of measles exposure?