Molluscum contagiosum and herpes simplex in maasai pastoralists; refeeding activation of virus infection following famine?

M. J. Murray, A. B. Murray, N. J. Murray, M. B. Murray, C. J. Murray

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Abstract

An epidemic of molluscum contagiosum and oro-genital herpes simplex was observed in Maasai pastoralists of the Rift Valley. It coincided with a period of refeeding following famine, when the relief diet was different from normal milk fare. We propose that refeeding may be an important mechanism for activation of certain viral infections previously suppressed by famine.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)371-374
Number of pages4
JournalTransactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Volume74
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1980

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