Epstein-Barr virus increase the risk for Multiple sclerosis?

Longer the Epstein-Barr virus are suspected with the disease happen to stand in Multiple sclerosis in the context. But since most people are infected in the course of living with this virus, the bad prove. A research team at the Charité in Berlin could now show, however, that in their study, without exception, all people with Multiple were sclerosis antibodies against Epstein-Barr virus in the blood.

The scientists had studied 901 patients at the age from 27 to 40 years with Multiple sclerosis: 839 of them antibodies had a typical feature of the Epstein-Barr Virus, and another 45 patients were verified by a second Test for antibodies against a different characteristic. Of the remaining 17 patients all showed in a third Test, antibodies against other viral proteins. The patients with Multiple sclerosis were infected, therefore, 100 per cent of the Epstein-Barr virus.

Infection is often without symptoms

In the comparison group of people without Multiple sclerosis in the same age were demonstrated on the basis of three different methods only at 95 percent of the participants of antibodies against Epstein-Barr virus. This confirms the suspicion that infection with these viruses could contribute to the pathogenesis of Multiple sclerosis.

The infection with Epstein-Barr virus is very often asymptomatic, but can cause mononucleosis. Similar to chicken pox or Herpes viruses persist for Epstein-Barr-virus-life in the body. It is believed that the emergence of some types of cancer and auto-immune &ndash diseases; such as Multiple sclerosis – are involved. This connection up to now, however, is not unequivocally prove, since up to 98 percent of adults are infected.


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