A number of infections have been associated with myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS).
Often occurring in epidemics, enteroviruses are significant causes of respiratory, gastrointestinal infections, non-specific flu-like illnesses, and many disseminated infections.
It has been difficult to demonstrate causality for chronic diseases without having well-documented cases of acute enterovirus infections.
In this report, we described 3 patients presenting with acute enterovirus infections, which were followed by ME/CFS, and the persistent viral infections were demonstrated by finding enterovirus VP1 protein and RNA in the stomach.
Source: BMJ Journal of Clinical Pathology, Oct 14, 2009. PMID: 19828908, by Chia JK, Chia AY, Voeller M, Lee TM, Chang R. EV Med Research; Torrance Memorial Medical Center, South Bay Gastroenterology Medical Group; Peninsula Pulmonary Institute, USA. [E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org]