How can XMRV make another illness worse?

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Kent Holtorf, MD
Endocrinology Diabetes & Metabolism
Studies have found high levels of xenotropic murine leukemia virus-related virus (XMRV) in conditions with immune dysfunction, including multiple sclerosis and those on immunosuppressive drugs. The XMRV appears to be what is called an "opportunistic infection" -- one that takes advantage of a weak immune system. An opportunistic infection is not the cause of the illness but may make an existing illness worse.

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