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Dengue fever is good for you....
Posted by: max
Date: February 09, 2019 03:51AM
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Previous infections with dengue virus may have protected some people in an urban slum in Brazil from getting Zika.

In a study of more than 1,400 people in the Pau da Lima area of Salvador, those with higher levels of antibodies against a particular dengue virus protein were at lower risk of contracting Zika, researchers report in the Feb. 8 Science. “The higher the antibody, the higher the protection,” says Albert Ko, an infectious disease physician and epidemiologist at the Yale School of Public Health.

That finding contrasts with previous studies in mice and in cells grown in lab dishes, in which antibodies against dengue seemed to make Zika worse
[www.sciencenews.org]

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Re: Dengue fever is good for you....
Posted by: Winston
Date: February 09, 2019 12:07PM
Yes, but don't they call Dengue "breakbone fever" because it hurts so much?


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Re: Dengue fever is good for you....
Posted by: pdq
Date: February 09, 2019 07:36PM
You know, I’ve often wodered if the common cold has a salutary effect on one’s immune system (or some other evolutionary advantage).

It’s hard to believe that evolution would have allowed this to evolve:



...unless there was a good reason to spread such things around.
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Re: Dengue fever is good for you....
Posted by: Winston
Date: February 09, 2019 11:01PM
Well, kids who grow up with dogs and/or playing in the dirt outside tend not to have allergies and asthma, as compared to those who grow up in a "cleaner" environment. Makes sense that exercising one's immune system would have some health benefits.


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