XMRV Human Retrovirus

There is a new institute in Reno, NV called the Whittemore-Peterson Institute that has been doing research on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome linking it to a new human retrovirus called XMRV (a xenotropic murine leukemia virus-related virus) that has been found in 67% of all Chronic Fatigue patients that they have tested.  There are only 2 other human retroviruses that have ever been found, the last retrovirus found was in 1982 when the HIV retrovirus was discovered.

This XMRV Retrovirus is the first physical marker that has been found to help prove that there is an underlying cause in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and those that suffer from CFC.

The XMRV Retrovirus is thought to be transmitted through bodily fluids though contact, such as through blood, semen and breast milk.  There isn’t a pathway for XMRV to be transmitted through the air.

There is no proof at this point that XMRV is the cause of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome but it is giving researchers something to look into on if it is the cause behind CFS.   The presence of a biomaker is giving hope to many people.

There are drug companies that are interested in these findings because of what it could mean for a drug to treat Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.  As there are currently now drugs on the market to treat it directly, only the Chronic Fatigue Symptoms.  Because large drug companies already have drugs used to help treat HIV which is similar in nature, the drugs could be reworked to target XMRV instead.

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