Friday, January 21, 2011

XMRV - Do You Have It?

Have you been diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Lymes Disease, Atypical MS, Cancer, Autism or any other unexplained Neuro-Immune Disease?

If so, you could be infected with the newly discovered Retrovirus XMRV!

In 2009, Whittemore Peterson Institute scientists discovered a significant link between a newly-found retrovirus, xenotropic murine leukemia virus-related virus (XMRV), and the neuroimmune disease, ME/CFS. Their ground-breaking discovery was published in the world-renowned journal Science, on 8th October, 2010.

This discovery brought renewed interest to the much-maligned disease and a flurry of research was conducted in order to confirm the link.

On August 23rd 2010, US government scientists validated the link, announcing they had found an association between a family of infectious murine leukaemia viruses and ME/CFS. They reported that 87% of those sampled carried at least one of the retroviruses, along with 7% (1 in 14) of the healthy controls.

XMRV is similar to HIV, the retrovirus that causes AIDS.

Following the validation study several countries banned ME/CFS patients from giving blood. In many cases these bans are for life.

For more information on XMRV and the Whittemore Peterson Institute, please visit the following site:


  1. Thank you for helping spread awareness of this scary retrovirus. XMRV may hold the answers so many have been looking to find for so many years. We need more research and funding!

  2. thank you for sharing your energy to bring light to the newly discovered human retrovirus xmrv, it's relation to ME/CFS, and the need for ample funding for research in order to find out exactly what xmrv does in the human body.

  3. Yes! And another frightening aspect of this is that so many healthy people may be carrying XMRV, infected but not (yet) ill. Support for research is a crucial world health effort.

  4. Thank you for your post, for spreading the word about XMRV!

  5. If the retrovirus turns out to be the cause, then WPI scientists deserve the Nobel Prize.