Multiple Sclerosis, Epstein-Barr Virus, and More Research
Posted Jun 13 2009 12:38am
I was only on a rant yesterday with the information I asked about as to the Epstein-Barr virus, little did I know I was right! Let me sort this out in mind then, figure out what is real, and what I just figured. EBV is not mono mononucleosis in all people. Up to 95% of us may be infected with EBV by the time we are 40 years old. Many small children become infected with EBV and show no signs distinguishable from other childhood illness. EBV in adolescence, or early adulthood can cause infectious mono mononucleosis, but only 35-50% of the time.
EBV does in fact have the ability to lay dormant in ones cells for the rest of your life. I'm particularly interested in how the onset of mono, and your age are significant as to the severity of the mono, and also the correlation with MS in later years. Dr Iannelli says the older you are when mono hits, the more severe it will be as compared to that of say a toddler. All of this information was also in a comment from Lisa Emrich, thanks Lisa.
Other studies show that the severity of the initial infection is more important than the age you are when it occurs. Could that explain why I was 8 when I had mono, and I also developed MS later? Who knows, not me, that's for sure. What can be done to try to fix my system, reset it even. Can the EBV be gotten rid of, purged? Isn't there a tea I can drink to make that happen? I suppose I need to sit, wait, and hope the right people get money for research