Infection-associated chronic diseases that our group studies include
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Chronic Lyme Disease, Epilepsy, Multiple Sclerosis, and other unexplained chronic illnesses.
We are interested in learning more about how infectious agents may play an etiologic role in these diseases.
These infectious agents include
human herpesvirus-6 (HHV-6), retroviruses such as xenotropic murine leukemia virus-related virus (XMRV), parasites such as Toxoplasma gondii, fungi such as Coccidiodes immitis, and bacteria such as Borrelia burgdorferi (the cause of Lyme disease)
Lymenet, and forums for other chronic conditions are listed in the resources section.
These tick-borne disease foundations/organizations are on the resources page as well:
• Columbia University
• And last, but not least, the beloved IDSA
In summary, it is plausible that the persistent activity of intracellular pathogens or the immune response against them could lead to the complex and chronic dysfunction observed in patients with CFS.
Furthermore, it is possible that if the infectious trigger is appropriately identified, significant clinical benefit can be observed with appropriate long-term antimicrobial therapy.
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posted 02-23-2011 09:02 PM
Here is a link to the team lead, in case anyone wanted more info on his background:
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