Epstein-Barr virus could be a risk factor for MS

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Epstein-Barr virus could be a risk factor for MS

Postby MSUK » Tue May 17, 2011 8:26 am

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At present, while there is no cause known for this condition, patients with MS seem to have genetic vulnerability to certain environmental factors that could trigger this condition, such as the Epstein-Barr virus. Scientists at the University of Granada have found a relation between the Epstein-Barr virus – which belongs to the herpes viruses family – and the development of this condition.

The Epstein-Barr (EVB) virus –belonging to the herpes viruses family, which also includes the herpes simplex virus and the cytomegalovirus– is one of the environmental factors that might cause multiple sclerosis, a condition affecting the central nervous system, which causes are unknown. This has been confirmed by University of Granada scientists that analyzed the presence of this virus in patients with multiple sclerosis. Researchers analyzed antibody levels, that is, antibodies that are produced within the central nervous system and that could be directly involved in the development of multiple sclerosis....Read More - http://www.msrc.co.uk/index.cfm/fuseact ... pageid/707
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