Triggering agents/factors for CFS: While early studies of CFS sought to identify a single agent that caused the illness, most researchers now appear to agree that CFS can be “triggered” by a number of different insults including microorganisms (bacteria, viruses, etc.), environmental exposures and severe injuries (such as closed head trauma). At this conference, researchers reported data on a number of agents that set off a CFS-like illness. Here is a list of the agents explored by researchers who gave presentations:
Giardia lambia (Eva Stormorken, RN, University of Oslo, Norway)
Coxiella burnetii (Andrew Lloyd, MD, University of New South Wales, Australia)
Parvovirus B19 (Jonathan Kerr, MD, PhD, St. George’s University of London, England)
Parvovirus B19 and herpesviruses (Kenny DeMeirleir, MD, PhD, University of Brussels, Belgium)
Mammalian viruses (Judy Mikovits, PhD, Whittemore Peterson Institute, USA)
HHV-6 and -7 (Modra Murovska, MD, PHD, Riga Stradins University, Latvia)
Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), CMV and HHV-6 (Barbara Cameron, PhD, University of New South Wales, Australia)
Enteroviruses, EBV, Chlamydia pneumoniae, coxiella burnetii and parvovirus B19 (Lihan Zhang, St. George’s University of London, England)
This was very informative. I was looking up some of these last night...it is interesting and i'm so glad to see that they are researching this to benefit all types of neuroimmune illnesses. *keeping my fingers crossed for a cure*
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