In November 2008, the Enterovirus Foundation was created to help fund research to help detect, treat and understand further the EV infections that are suspected in possibly causing a number of different syndromes of unknown cause including ME/CFS. The foundation is led by top researchers and their new, informative website was just launched last week and it is very impressive.
At the Enterovirus Foundation website, you can find information about what EV is, the symptoms, the diseases associated with EV, and also how you can donate to the research on EV.
A list of the diseases and conditions associated with enteroviruses include:
- Seronegative arthritis
- Birth defects/pregnancy problems
- Cardiac arrhythmia
- Coronary heart disease
- Juvenile Dermatomyositis
- Type 1 diabetes
- Viral Exanthems
- Guillain-Barre Syndrome
- Hand, foot & mouth disease
- Viral Meningitis
- Viral Myocarditas
- Neonatal infections and sepsis
- Nonspecific Febrile Illness
The Enterovirus Foundation explains how EV is related to ME/CFS:
A recent study found VP1, RNA and non-cytopathic viruses in the stomach biopsy specimens of CFS/ME patients with chronic abdominal complaints. A significant subset of CFS/ME patients may have a chronic, disseminated, non-cytolytic form of enteroviral infection, which could be diagnosed by stomach biopsy.