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JC Virus Gains Disease-Causing Advantage by DNA Interchange with Epstein-Barr Virus

Nov 23, 2016 12:00:18 AM / by Stacy Matthews Branch, DVM, PhD posted in CD19, Multiple Sclerosis, research, The Epstein Barr virus, The John Cunningham Virus


The Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) is a common virus that is found all over the world and can cause mononucleosis and other diseases in people with compromised immune systems. The John Cunningham virus (JC virus) is another common virus with up to 90% of adults in the U.S carrying the virus. However, most do not have any symptoms or illnesses with the virus, but those with suppressed immune systems (people with AIDS or taking immunosuppressive medications) can develop illnesses due to the JC virus.

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