A recent research finding indicates that patients who were affected by parasitic infections had a lower rate of relapse of multiple sclerosis (MS). Multiple Sclerosis is an auto immune disease which harms the myelin sheath that covers the nerve fibres.
Jorge Correale and Mauricio Farez of the Raul Carrea Institute for Neurological Research in Buenos Aires divulged this information, in the Annals of Neurology. A study was conducted by them among thirty six patients who were divided into three groups of twelve each.
The first group was a set of MS patients combined with parasitic infection, the second group was uninfected MS patients and the third group comprised of completely healthy individuals. At the end of 5 years, the first group had recorded a fewer relapses of MS then the other two groups.
This result suggests that a rise in autoimmune disorders could be attributed to the fall of infectious diseases in certain countries. When there is germ-free environment, there is always an increase of allergies. They also averred that parasitic infections generally have a long lasting effect on the immune system of the body thereby minimizing a further damage to the healthy tissue.