Survivors Of 1918 Flu Pandemic Still Produce Antibodies

August 18, 2008

Researchers in the U.S. has found that elderly survivors of the 1918 flu pandemic, who are now in their 90s and 100s, still produce antibodies making them immune to the actual virus...Boston (ChattahBox) – Researchers in the U.S. has found that elderly survivors of the 1918 flu pandemic, who are now in their 90s and 100s, still produce antibodies making them immune to the actual virus.

The 1918 flu pandemic resulted in the deaths of millions of people around the world. The fear remains that we may not be prepared for a modern day version of this pandemic.

Hope has arrived though, as researchers, led by Dr. James E. Crowe Jr from Vanderbilt University, have made a big discovery.

They tested the antibodies in the blood of 32 people who lived through the flu pandemic in 1918, and found that all of them still produced antibodies to that strain of the flu.

They were able to then take these antibodies, and use them to protect mice from the same flu strain.

This could lead to a new way to provide immunity in the future in the case of a modern day flu pandemic.

The report has been published in the journal Nature.


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