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You’ve Had Mono

Many germs have been studied as possible MS triggers, but the results have been mixed. There is, however, a growing body of evidence for Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), which causes mononucleosis. (Mono symptoms are fever, sore throat, and swollen glands.)

A Journal of the American Medial Association study found higher levels of EBV antibodies in people with MS. (About 95% of people are infected with EBV at some point, but not all get symptoms.) Wayne State University researchers found that a history of EBV is more common in people with MS. While no cause and effect has been established, “a relationship is clearly present,” they concluded.

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