Multiple Sclerosis has been linked to Food Bug

A team of researchers from the US have said that a certain food bacterium can lead to or increase one's chances of developing multiple sclerosis.

Bhadra Kamalasanan
Written by: Bhadra KamalasananUpdated at: Jan 30, 2014 11:39 IST
Multiple Sclerosis has been linked to Food Bug

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A team of researchers from the Weill Cornell Medical College in the US claim that a certain food poisoning bacterium could be implicated in multiple sclerosis.

Multiple sclerosisTo do the study, the researchers had carried out lab tests in mice. The tests revealed that a certain toxin that was made by a rare strain of clostridium perfringens lead one to have damage like multiple sclerosis in the brain.

Even though they have found that  this food bug can be of possible threat to a person, experts urge people to take caution stating that there needs to be more evidence for the finding. No one today knows the exact reason why multiple sclerosis happens, but it is possible that a mixture of genetic as well as environmental factors play a role.

Multiple sclerosis is a neurological condition that affects at least 100,000 people in the UK.

A lot of cases of human infection happen as a result of food poisoning and these include stomach cramps, diarrhea, etc that usually resolve in just a day. In the rarest cases, the infection can lead to development of gas gangrene.

The latest findings of the study were presented at a meeting of the American Society for Microbiology.


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Article source: BBC News


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