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Source: Daily Mail

Date: 16th May 2006

A drug used to treat herpes infections has produced a dramatic improvement in patients severely affected by ME, or fatigue syndrome.

Sufferers who for years had been unable to leave their homes now report being able to resume normal life.

This is a remarkable result for a treatment for this complex and controversial disorder that is thought to affect as many as 240,000 people in Britain and for which there is no cure.

The results, reported at a scientific conference earlier this month by Professor Jose Montoya of Stanford University in California, involved 12 patients who had been given the powerful drug valganciclovir, which targets the human herpes virus (HHV-6). Nine of the patients experienced a great improvement.

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