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Pediatric Multiple Sclerosis Linked to Epstein-Barr, Herpes Simplex Virus Exposure

April 27, 2017

Studies show that prior exposure to Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) and herpes simplex type 1 (HSV-1), in addition to vitamin D deficiency, may increase the risk of developing multiple sclerosis (MS) during childhood. This research was presented at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) held in Boston, Massachusetts.

Shayandokht Taleb, MD, from the department of neurology at the University of California, and colleagues conducted a case-control study recruiting children with MS or clinically isolated syndrome (CIS) and frequency-matched controls from 16 pediatric MS centers across the United States.

Results showed that there was an increasing trend towards the risk of developing MS in pediatric population with lower serum levels of vitamin D. There was also a 3% reduction in the risk for developing pediatric MS.

 Via Neuology Advisor