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Report: Scientists Find Direct Link Between Herpes Virus and Alzheimer’s Disease

By Alexandra Gratereaux
Posted On Mar 16, 2016
Report: Scientists Find Direct Link Between Herpes Virus and Alzheimer’s Disease

Research professionals who closely study Alzheimer’s disease say there is “incontrovertible evidence” that a link between Alzheimer’s and the herpes virus exists.

In an editorial published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s on Thursday, experts studying the disease say viruses such as herpes, chlamydia, and spirochete bacteria may be the cause of Alzheimer’s disease. They also suggest that antimicrobial drugs can slow down the disease.

The 31 scientists who wrote the editorial strongly believe microbes are the main cause of dementia.

“We are saying there is incontrovertible evidence that Alzheimer’s disease has a dormant microbial component. We can’t keep ignoring all of the evidence,” Douglas Kell, a professor at the University of Manchester’s School of Chemistry wrote in the editorial.

“A viral or bacterial infection that triggers plaque buildup could be targeted with drugs to slow or even stop dementia,” Kell added.

The report also claims herpes has a direct connection to impairment found in the central nervous system as well as the limbic system—a trait in mental ability and alterations in personality.