A vaccine for multiple sclerosis could be in the future.
A VACCINE for avoiding multiple sclerosis has moved a step closer, as doctors believe they have discovered the cause of the disease.
MS develops following two separate common infections which cause the body to attack itself, British research has found.
And doctors now believe the development of a vaccine against one of the viruses may hold the key to future MS prevention.
Approximately 100,000 people in the UK live with multiple sclerosis. The neurological condition is triggered when the immune system attacks the nerves, causing pain, fatigue, vision problems and spasms.
What causes the body to begin attacking itself has never been identified. But scientists at the University of Glasgow and Harvard University in the US suggest exposure to two common infections — threadworms followed by the Epstein-Barr virus — may be the trigger.
The findings therefore suggest that developing a vaccine or drugs to stop people getting the Epstein-Barr virus could also make them immune to multiple sclerosis.
Professor John Paul Leach, consultant neurologist at the University of Glasgow, said: ‘MS is a condition where the body produces antibodies against itself for reasons that have never been understood and goes against its own nervous system. It is odd that we have never found out why some people are more prone than others.
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