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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.
Does this explain intensity of measles exposure?

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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.
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Should these observations be reproducable, they question the culture of ‘eradication’ and have major implications for future immunization policies.
Hmmmmm

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science...83632fdca0083b

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Does this explain intensity of measles exposure?


Interesting.


Hmmmmm

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science...83632fdca0083b

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The paper seemed to be from 1995. Have the results been repeated? I don't have access to the full article, so I don't have much of an idea how large these speculated effects might be.
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The paper is from 1995. I do not have access to the article either. It looks very interesting. I too am curious and want more information about various issues raised in this article. Just this article deserves some very careful scrutiny I think. It is not all straight forward - obviously. Articles citing this paper do not deal with eradication of measles from what I can see - but there is an interesting paper on the problems of over prescribing of antibiotics and use of pesticides.... (for those who are interested

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