Similarly, when I was pregnant I had a test for rubella (there was no vaccination available when I was young) and was told that I'd had the disease. I hadn't, but my sister did have it and I must have picked up the immunity then.
Yes, I believe some people did recover, due simply to their own body's being able to fight the disease off. I've read of several cases of women who lived in Dublin's tenements in the first half of the 20th century (where TB was endemic) later having chest x-rays and being asked "when did you have TB?". They hadn't even known they'd contracted and recovered from the disease, probably because they were too busy nursing family members at the time.
-- Barbara Dryden
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