Cort Johnson May 3, 2014
The Epstein-Barr Virus Question in ME/CFS
We recently saw evidence suggesting that increased viral loads of EBV (in whole blood) may be common in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.We also saw that ME/CFS patients antibody responses to some proteins produced by EBV may be are impaired as well.
Those findings made sense given anecdotal evidence from doctors and study evidence from Dr. Lerner and Dr. Montoya indicating that antivirals can be very helpful in some patients. Dr. Montoya’s recent review of anti-herpesvirus antivirals indicated he believes they play a role but these results conflict with the Lipkin/Chronic Fatigue Initiative study which found almost no active herpesvirus infections in either Dr. Montoya’s or in the CFI’s study groups.
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