Virus Linked To Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, the condition that can cause deep exhaustion can interfere with daily activities and manifest itself in several other ways, has been linked to a virus. According to a study, it is the Murine leukemia viruses (MLV), a family of retroviruses known to cause cancer in mice that could be responsible.

According to a new Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences study, an MLV-related virus called XMRV was found to be present in blood cells of patients with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

Some of the symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome are:

  • Fatigue so acute as to interfere with work, play and social activities and which shows no sign of abating even after 6 months.
  • Memory loss, confusion, problems concentrating.
  • There could be other physical symptoms such as fever and sore throat.
  • The lymph nodes in the armpits of the neck could feel tender to the touch.
  • There could be joint and muscle pain, which may be accompanied by swelling and reddening.
  • Headaches that seem to be different from the usual kinds of headache.
  • Awakening from sleep unrefreshed and unrested and still feeling tired.
  • Feeling of being ill or unwell after exercise.