Dengue may provide some level of immunity to fight against coronavirus

Muhammad UsmanMultimedia Journalist

23rd Sep, 2020. 11:28 pm

On Tuesday, a new study revealed that analyzed coronavirus outbreak in Brazil that “dengue“, a mosquito-transmitted illness can provide some level of immunity to fight against coronavirus.

Miguel Nicolelis, a professor at Duke University led the not yet published study.

Nicolelis found that places that suffered intense dengue outbreak this or last year are those where there are lower coronavirus infection rates and slower case growth.

The study revealed,

“This striking finding raises the intriguing possibility of immunological cross-reactivity between dengue’s Flavivirus serotypes and SARS-CoV-2.”

“If proven correct, this hypothesis could mean that dengue infection or immunization with an efficacious and safe dengue vaccine could produce some level of immunological protection against the coronavirus”, it added.

Nicolelis said that the previous study’s results are interesting as they show that people with dengue antibodies in the body can be tested falsely positive for coronavirus, even if they have never contracted the virus.

“This indicates that there is an immunological interaction between two viruses that nobody could have expected because the two viruses are from completely different families,” Nicolelis said.


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