November 7th, 2011

Study Sheds Light on What Makes Measles World’s Most Contagious Viral Disease

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The reason why measles is so much more contagious than other respiratory viruses has been discovered by Mayo Clinic researchers…The measles virus emerges in the trachea of its host, provoking a cough that fills the air with particles ready to infect the next host. The findings may also help in the fight against ovarian, breast and lung cancers… "The measles virus has developed a strategy of diabolic elegance," ays Roberto Cattaneo, Ph.D., principal investigator of the study and Mayo Clinic molecular biologist.

MedIndia, Kathy Jones, 11/7/11

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Tags: Infectious Diseases, Research

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