Glandular Fever, Multiple Sclerosis Linked

Those who have had glandular fever are at increased risk of developing multiple sclerosis, a study finds.

People who have had glandular fever, which is caused by Epstein-Barr virus, are at a greater risk of developing multiple sclerosis (MS), finds a study by researchers in Australia published online earlier this month in the journal Neurology. The study examined 282 people with MS and 558 without and found that those who had antibodies associated with Epstein-Barr were more likely to develop MS. The study also found a strong link between those who have MS and certain genetic variations associated with the immune system.

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Current and past Epstein-Barr virus infection in risk of initial CNS demyelination (abstract) [Neurology]