Although the study did not find XMRV specifically in the CFS patients tested, it did find similar retroviruses in the same class as XMRV, known as MLV-related viruses (Murine Leukemia Viruses) in 32 of 37 CFS patients tested and also in 3 of the 44 healthy controls tested.
As mentioned here before, any of these retroviruses might be able to be treated by existing anti-retroviral drugs, such as those used to treat HIV, so we don't have to wait for new medications to be developed and approved. The Whittemore-Peterson Institute expects to begin testing some of these existing anti-retroviral drugs on CFS patients by the end of this year!
This news is so big that it's being reported by all the major news outlets, so this also means excellent publicity about CFS. Check out some of these articles and share them with your friends and family:
- The New York Times
- The Washington Post
- The actual paper, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (this is a pdf file)
- Scientific American magazine
- Wall Street Journal
- PR Newswire
- CFIDS Association of America (includes additional links)
(a HUGE thank you to Denise for compiling all these links for me!!)