The possibility of a link between the Epstein-Barr virus and multiple sclerosis (MS) is being explored by doctors and researchers in several studies.
The Epstein-Barr virus is the virus that causes mononucleosis. Mononucleosis is an illness prevalent among adolescents and young adults. People who have contracted mononucleosis have symptoms such as swollen lymph glands, sore throat and fever.
The Epstein-Barr virus is a member of the herpes family
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Researchers think that the Epstein-Barr virus may act as a trigger for multiple sclerosis. MS research done in
Boston seems to indicate that this is so.
Researchers think that the virus acts as a trigger for MS in people who are
already susceptible to multiple sclerosis because of their genes and
environmental factors. People whose ancestors came from Northern
Europe are more likely to develop MS.
A study done at the Harvard School of Public Health in
Boston shows that people
who do not have the Epstein-Barr virus never develop multiple sclerosis. All
people with multiple sclerosis also have the Epstein-Barr virus. However not
all people with the Epstein-Barr virus go on to develop multiple sclerosis.