Without a Varicella Zoster Virus Infection, no Schizophrenia

Authors: Ilija Barukčić

Objective: Despite decades of research and major efforts, a cause or the cause of schizophrenia is still not identified. Although many studies indicate that infectious agents are related to schizophrenia no definite consensus has been reached on this issue. Methods: The purpose of this study was to investigate relationship between varicella zoster virus (VZS) and schizophrenia while relying on new statistical methods. Results: The meta-analysis results provide striking evidence that VZV is a necessary condition of schizophrenia. Conclusions: There is some weak evidence that VZV infection is the cause of schizophrenia. Keywords: Varicella zoster virus, schizophrenia, causal relationship.

Comments: 17 pages. Copyright © 2018 by Ilija Barukčić, Jever, Germany. Published by:

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