Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a debilitating autoimmune condition whereby neurons lose their myelin sheath leading to impaired neural transmission, neural degeneration and motor symptoms. Multiple factors have been considered to influence its development, like vitamin D, but now, a couple of studies have shown that the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) is linked to multiple sclerosis.
You may have heard of this virus in relation to mononucleosis (aka “mono”), but it has also been related to a number of autoimmune diseases. Now, thanks to recently published research, we know that it is behind MS as well.
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