Monday, December 06, 2010
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome may be associated with a retrovirus, could be in blood supply, according to advocacy group
The print ad claims that the novel virus is (XRMV or some similar virus) in the blood supply.
The website for the organization is here.
The Earth Times has a story about the printed commercial here.
The “culprit” seems to be a murine virus (carried in mice), possibly similar to feline leukemia. The New York Times had run a story Aug. 23, 2010 by David Tuller on a paper .abstract from the National Academy of Sciences on murine retroviral sequences being found in people with CFS.
There is another article at Health Central here pointing to a 2009 issue of Science.
There’s not much to say about transmission or epidemiology. It could be that, unlike HIV, this virus does not cause disease or symptoms in most people (which ironically means it is already well adapted to a human host, and probably a very old virus). Women seem to be much more affected.
There are bloodborn RNA viruses which are not, strictly speaking, retroviruses, that don’t have reverse transcriptase (like Hepatitis C) but have similar transmission as STDSs and blood contact.