Herpesvirus Linked to Multiple Sclerosis

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Science  05 Dec 1997:
Vol. 278, Issue 5344, pp. 1710
DOI: 10.1126/science.278.5344.1710

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A new study has yielded evidence linking a strain of herpesvirus to multiple sclerosis (MS). More than 70% of patients in the study with the most common form of MS showed signs of active infection with herpesvirus-6. The finding, reported in the December issue of Nature Medicine, is not yet conclusive proof, however, and some researchers question whether the apparent association is a symptom rather than a possible cause of MS.