Herpes virus linked to multiple sclerosisBMJ 1997; 315 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.315.7122.1559l (Published 13 December 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:1559
- Deborah Josefson
- San Francisco
Researchers at the National Institute of Neurologic Disorders and Stroke in the United States have uncovered more evidence linking the herpes virus to multiple sclerosis (Nature Medicine 1997;3: 1394-7).
Epidemiological studies have pointed to a link between multiple sclerosis and early childhood exposure to an infectious or environmental agent. Herpes viruses are good candidates because they stay in the body for a long time and affect the neurological system. Typically, they cause an initial infection in infancy or childhood followed by a …