Multiple Sclerosis And The Herpes Family, An Unhappy Pairing?

For years we’ve known that there is a connection between Epstein-Barr virus and multiple sclerosis, but it hasn’t been robust enough to say for sure that MS is caused by Epstein-Barr.

My own thought has been that Epstein-Barr comes into the cells through the vitamin D receptor, making that the confounding factor.

But a recent article makes it much clearer. These researchers found that Herpes virus 6 exposure doubled patients’ risk of developing multiple sclerosis.

Rather than parsing out the blame, can we start grouping these together? “There are eight herpesviruses for which humans are the primary host.  They are the herpes simplex virus 1, herpes simplex virus 2, varicella-zoster virus, Epstein-Barr virus, cytomegalovirus, Human herpesvirus-6, Human herpesvirus-7, and Kaposi’s sarcoma herpes virus.

Combine this group with genetic susceptibility and vitamin D deficiency, and we might be a lot closer to both causation and possible elimination of this disease.


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