Epstein-Barr Virus May be Leading Cause of MS, Raising Risk by 32 Times

Epstein-Barr Virus May be Leading Cause of MS, Raising Risk by 32 Times

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Epstein-Barr Virus May be Leading Cause of MS, Raising Risk by 32 Times

Infection with the common Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) increases the risk of developing multiple sclerosis (MS) by 32 times — the strongest link yet — according to a study looking at two decades of data from more than 10 million U.S. military members. “The hypothesis that EBV causes MS has been investigated by our group and others for several years, but this is the first study providing compelling evidence of causality,” Alberto Ascherio, MD, the study’s senior…

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