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The Epstein-Barr virus causing multiple sclerosis?  – Health

“Multiple sclerosis is most likely caused by the Epstein-Barr virus,” says a new study by American researchers, who have for the first time identified a person responsible for this autoimmune disease.

For several years, the hypothesis was studied, but difficult to prove, in particular because this virus is very common and the symptoms of the disease only begin about ten years after infection.

2.8 million patients worldwide

This discovery raises the hope of the possible development of a future treatment, which would make it possible to cure this disease affecting approximately 2.8 million people in the world.

Published this week in the prestigious journal “Science”, this study shows that this virus is necessary for the development of multiple sclerosis, even if all infected people do not develop this disease.

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