Scientists have identified a retrovirus called XMRV in the blood of patients with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). They are calling it a major break through which can lead to treatment for millions. So far there is no treatment for this debilitating ailment.
Reseachers identified XMRV in the blood of 68 of 101 patients with CFS, compared with retrovirus in the blood of 8 of 218 healthy patients.
That is 67% versus 3.7%
Retroviruses are known to cause neurodegenarative disease and cancer. The findings can be used to develop a hypothesis about the of the cause of CFS.