Acute enterovirus infection followed by myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) and viral persistence – Source: Journal of Clinical Pathology, Oct 14, 2009

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:]

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