The risk of developing mutliple sclerosis increases 32 fold following Epstein-Barr virus infection.
A new study links viral infections including mononucleosis and pneumonia experienced during adolescence with an increased risk of developing multiple sclerosis.
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.
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.