How are Epstein-Barr virus infection and multiple sclerosis linked?

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Research conducted in the United Kingdom strengthens the hypothesis that the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) plays a role in MS. Researchers at Queen Mary University of London examined the post-mortem brains of people who had multiple sclerosis (MS) and found that even though the virus was latent, it had been sending out chemical signals in the form of RNA.

Those signals caused inflammation and turned on the immune system leading to the symptoms of MS, the researchers reported. Previous research has not successfully shown the connection, but that may be due to the fact that the virus hides in immune system cells when not replicating.

While more studies need to be conducted, researchers are optimistic that learning more will lead to better MS treatments.
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

There are a few things that link the multiple sclerosis (MS) to Epstein-Barr virus (EB) infections.

• Nearly everyone with MS tests positive for EBV

• People clear of the virus don't get the disease

• High levels of EBV antibodies precede MS symptoms and flare-ups

• Infectious mononucleosis doubles the risk for MS


This content originally appeared on doctoroz.com

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