Enteroviral infection hypothesis

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The enteroviral hypothesis is the hypothesis that a significant subset of patients meeting the criteria for myalgic encephalomyelitis, as well as those affected by the historic outbreaks, had their illness triggered by an enterovirus, one that might continue to persist and contribute to symptoms. It is a hypothesis held by John Chia, Byron Hyde and Melvin Ramsay.

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enterovirus - A genus of RNA viruses which typically enter the body through the respiratory or gastrointestinal systems and sometimes spread to the central nervous system or other parts of the body, causing neurological, cardiac, and other damage. Since the first reports of myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), enteroviruses have been suspected as a cause of ME. Enteroviruses have also been implicated as the cause of Type I diabetes, congestive heart failure, and other conditions. Enteroviruses include poliovirus, coxsackieviruses, and many others. New enteroviruses and new strains of existing enteroviruses are continuously being discovered. (Learn more: viralzone.expasy.org)

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