Shingles outbreak may be linked to higher risk of MS: Study | Health & Fitness | Life | Toronto Sun
A shingles attack can lead to a higher risk of multiple sclerosis, a new study from Taiwanese researchers have found.
In a study by scientists at the Taipei Medical University in Taiwan, 315,550 Chinese adults with herpes zoster, also known as shingles, and a control group of 946,650 people, were tracked and evaluated for Multiple Sclerosis one year later.
The authors found the group with herpes zoster had a 3.96 times higher risk of developing MS than the control group within that year. The study also noted an interval of approximately 100 days between a herpes zoster event and occurrence of MS.
The researchers noted the risk, although increased, was still low.
The study was published in the Journal of Infectious Diseases.
In an accompanying editorial, Dr. Teresa Corona and Dr. Jose Flores of the National Institute of Neurology and Neurosurgery in Mexico said the study "allows us to better understand the role of these viral factors as an MS risk among certain genetically susceptible individuals."