Swine flu survivors may develop super-immunity

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    Jul 7, 2009
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    BBC News - Swine flu offers extraordinary super immunity

    People who recover from swine flu may be left with an extraordinary natural ability to fight off flu viruses, findings suggests.

    In the nine patients they studied who had caught swine flu during the pandemic, they found the infection had triggered the production of a wide range of antibodies that are only very rarely seen after seasonal flu infections or flu vaccination.
    Five antibodies isolated by the team could fight all the seasonal H1N1 flu strains from the last decade, the devastating "Spanish flu" strain from 1918 which killed up to 50m people, plus a potentially deadly bird flu H5N1 strain.
    The researchers believe the "extraordinarily" powerful antibodies were created as the body learned how to fight the new infection with swine flu using its old memory of how to fight off other flu viruses.

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