A scientific milestone. This is how the result of the new analysis of the data of the American recruits that have identified which is virus that causes the multiple sclerosis. This is due to the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) , also known as mononucleosis or kissing disease .

multiple sclerosis has always had an unknown cause. But after this study, everything indicates that this disease is a complication of infection by the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) . This is stated in the journal ‘Science’, where the research has been published.

We have to remember that multiple sclerosis is a chronic demyelinating disease of the central nervous system. So far the underlying cause of this disease is not known. The Epstein-Barr virus or kissing disease is now believed to be a possible culprit.

However, the majority of people infected by this common virus do not develop this disease , and it is not possible to directly demonstrate the causality of this disease in humans.

From the data of more than ten million military recruits from the United States controlled, 955 were diagnosed with sclerosis multiple during your service.

Multiple sclerosis is caused by EBV or kissing disease

After a long analysis, over 20 years, Harvard University researcher Kjetil Bjornevik and his team tested the hypothesis that the multiple sclerosis is caused by EBV or kissing disease.

They discovered that the risk of developing this disease in individuals who were negative for kissing disease was multiplied by 32 after infection with the disease of the kiss . “These results cannot be explained by any known risk factors and suggest that EBV is the main cause of multiple sclerosis.”

They point out that one of the most effective treatments for multiple sclerosis are anti-CD monoclonal antibodies 20. Therefore, targeting mononucleosis directly could have great advantages; as long as we compare it with therapies based on anti-CD 20. And it is that these have to be administered by intravenous infusion and can increase the risk of infections.