#AceWorldNews – UNITED STATES – August 06 – The experimental treatment given to two American patients infected with the Ebola virus has its roots in a therapy devised more than 100 years ago — serum reported NBC.
Back in the late 1800’s doctor’s discovered they could sometimes save patients suffering from deadly diseases, like diphtheria and tetanus, by injecting them with serum derived from the blood of people who had somehow been able to fight off infections with those bugs on their own.
History of Vaccine in 1800’s
Chances are you never had diphtheria. You probably don’t know anyone who has suffered from this disease, either. In fact, you may not know what diphtheria is, exactly. Similarly, diseases like whooping cough (pertussis), measles, mumps, and German measles (rubella) may be unfamiliar to you.
In the 19th and early 20th centuries, these illnesses struck hundreds of thousands of people in the United States each year, mostly children, and tens of thousands of people died.
The names of these diseases were frightening household words. Today, they are all but forgotten. That change happened largely because of vaccines.
Chances are you have been vaccinated against diphtheria.
You even may have been exposed to the bacterium that causes it, but the vaccine prepared your body to fight off the disease so quickly that you were unaware of the infection.
Vaccines take advantage of your body’s natural ability to learn how to eliminate almost any disease-causing germ, or microbe, that attacks it.
What’s more, your body “remembers” how to protect itself from the microbes it has encountered before.
Collectively, the parts of your body that recall and repel microbes are called the immune system.
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