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Multiple Sclerosis Risk 3 Months After Shingles Attack: Research

by Thilaka Ravi on  June 9, 2011 at 3:57 PM Research News   - G J E 4
Taiwanese researchers have found that shingles or herpes zoster attack could lead to a significantly higher risk of multiple sclerosis (MS) three months later.

Varicella Zoster virus that causes herpes zoster- a painful, blistering skin rash- has been also associated with MS.
 Multiple Sclerosis Risk 3 Months After Shingles Attack: Research
Multiple Sclerosis Risk 3 Months After Shingles Attack: Research
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MS is an autoimmune disease that affects the brain and spinal cord, leading to inflammation and nerve damage as the body's immune cells attack the nervous system.

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In the study conducted by Herng-Ching Lin and colleagues at Taipei Medical University in Taiwan, 315,550 adults with herpes zoster and a control group of 946,650 subjects were tracked and then evaluated for MS occurrence during a one-year follow-up period.

They found that the group with herpes zoster had a 3.96 times higher risk of developing MS than the control group.

The study also noted an interval of approximately 100 days between a herpes zoster event and occurrence of MS.

The findings were published in The Journal of Infectious Diseases.

Source: ANI
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