Viral Infections In Teens May Increase Risk Of MS As An Adult

Doctors and scientists still do not know what causes multiple sclerosis, a disease that affects the central nervous system, and there is currently no cure. MS symptoms can include muscle weakness, memory problems and prickling or numbness.

It is believed that MS is an autoimmune disease that attacks the coating of our central nervous system, causing problems with the nerves that relay messages through our bodies.

Some data points to diseases and infections causing inflammation of the central nervous system as high risk factors for developing MS. One study found infectious mononucleosis in children 11-15 associated with diagnoses of MS in people over 30.

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