Friday, 20 February 2015

Chicken pox virus may be linked to serious condition in the elderly

How many of us with fibromyalgia and/or myalgic encephalomylitis have one or another of the herpes viruses, which include HSV-1 and HSV-2 (both of which can cause orolabial herpes and genital herpes), Varicella zoster virus (which causes chicken-pox and shingles) and Epstein-Barr virus (which causes mononucleosis)?

As these viruses are extremely widespread among humans, the link may be (or maybe not) casual, but it may be that we react differently when exposed to them, so whichever way, this finding probably isn't good news for us: 

A new study links the virus that causes chicken pox and shingles to a condition that inflames blood vessels on the temples and scalp in the elderly, called giant cell arteritis. The study is published in the February 18, 2015, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. The condition can cause sudden blindness or stroke and can be life-threatening.

The varicella zoster virus, of the herpes virus family, can cause chicken pox and may reactivate later in life in the form of shingles, a very painful rash.

Chicken pox virus may be linked to serious condition in the elderly -- ScienceDaily

Pamela is a former accountant, recovering journalist and international cat herder, disabled and chronically sick with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, Fibromyalgia and Cervical spondylosis, fluent in three languages; English, Spanish and Rubbish. Mostly writes in the latter. She likes Genealogy, Model Railways and Cats.

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