African Journal of Immunology Research ISSN 9431-5833 Vol. 6 (1), pp. 001-003, January, 2019. © International Scholars Journals

Short Communication

Effect of measles infection on cellular immunity in tuberculosis patients

Al-Saadi Mohammad A. K.*, Muhsin Mohammad A. and Al-Jubouri Ashwaq M. S.

Department of Microbiology, College of Medicine, Babylon University, Iraq.

Accepted 21 October, 2018


This study was applied on 60 TB patients admitted in the Babylon Center of Tuberculosis and Chest Diseases in Hilla, Iraq. TB patients consisted of 38 males and 22 females with 40 healthy individuals as control group. Blood samples were collected from patients and control group to estimate phagocytic index, interferon gamma (IFN-γ), and anti-measles IgG level. The level of anti-measles IgG showed a significant increase (27.9 DU, p<0.05) in comparison to control (18.9 DU). The cell mediated parameters showed a significant decrease (p< 0.05) in phagocytic index (7.3%) with no significant increase in IFN-γ level (0.123 IU/ml, p> 0.05) compared to the control group.

Key words: Measles, cellular immunity, tuberculosis, Iraq.