The risk of developing mutliple sclerosis increases 32 fold following Epstein-Barr virus infection.
A new study reports people with schizophrenia have higher levels of antibodies against Epstein-Barr virus, a herpes virus that causes mononucleosis. Researchers propose two explanations for the link to the heightened immune response to the virus: schizophrenia may alter the immune system, making patients more susceptible to EBV, or EBV may increase the risk of developing schizophrenia.
According to researchers, a small preliminary study could show promise for a new treatment for those with primary progressive multiple sclerosis.
A new study reports certain strains of the herpes virus are able to infect neurons and could underlie some symptoms of neurological disorders such as MS.