The spectrum of neuro-immune diseases including: Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME/CFS), Atypical MS, Fibromyalgia and Gulf War Syndrome, share common abnormalities in the innate immune response, which result in chronic immune activation and immune deficiency.
We have detected the retroviral infection XMRV in greater than 95% of the more than 200 ME/CFS, Fibromylagia, Atypical MS patients tested. The current working hypothesis is that XMRV infection of B, T, NK and other cells of the innate immune response causes chronic inflammation and immune deficiency resulting in an inability to mount an effective immune response to opportunistic infections.
Xenotropic murine leukemia virus-related virus – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Wikipedia fails to mention the FMS link, and is clearly not as positive about any of the links as WPI. Still, it’s something worth knowing about.
More to read: Could a Virus Cause Chronic-Fatigue Syndrome? – Newsweek