Posted online: Thursday, November 20, 2008 at 11:06:00 AM

The Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) that causes glandular fever could also be behind multiple sclerosis, Australian scientists say.

Ninety per cent of people carry EBV virus, but those with MS may be unable to control the level of EBV in their brains, a study at the University of Queensland seems to indicate. The EBV-infected B cells tend to accumulate in the brain in such cases, triggering MS, it is theorized.

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