HSV1 virus linked to Alzheimers disease

Posted on:16 Jul 2018 13:19:38
HSV1 virus linked to Alzheimers disease
16 July 2018 Current Affairs:

Scientists have found evidence of a link between herpes infection and Alzheimer’s disease as well as the potential of antivirals in reducing the risk of the neurodegenerative disease. 

A study by Taiwanese epidemiologists shows that Herpes Simplex Virus type 1 (HSV1) which infects most humans in their youth or later and remains in the body for life in dormant form within the peripheral nervous system leads to an increased risk of developing the disease. 

Scientists believe that these safe and easily available antivirals may have a strong part to play in combating the disease in these patients.


Scientists have found evidence of a link between herpes infection and Alzheimer’s disease as well as the potential of antivirals in reducing the risk of the neurodegenerative disease. 

A study by Taiwanese epidemiologists shows that Herpes Simplex Virus type 1 (HSV1) which infects most humans in their youth or later and remains in the body for life in dormant form within the peripheral nervous system leads to an increased risk of developing the disease. 

Scientists believe that these safe and easily available antivirals may have a strong part to play in combating the disease in these patients.


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