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Lungs of 2-Year-Old Reveal Ancient Origins of Measles Virus

January 1, 2020 - General
A boy with the measles. Credit: bilanol / Adobe Stock

The world’s oldest known measles sample has been discovered in the lungs of a girl who died in 1912 and scientists now suggest the ancient virus jumped from animals to humans around 300 BC, making the disease in people much older than previously believed.

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