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e-4056 (Human diseases)

Initiated by Benjamin Davis from Hubbards, Nova Scotia

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the Government of Canada

  • Canada has one of the highest rates of multiple sclerosis (MS) in the world with an average of 12 Canadians diagnosed every day;
  • MS is a chronic autoimmune disease of the central nervous system. Since that includes the brain, spinal cord and optic nerve, MS can affect vision, memory, balance, and mobility;
  • An estimated 90,000 Canadians live with the disease. Most people are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 49 and the episodic yet progressive effects of the disease will last for the rest of their lives;
  • As part of the global movement, the MS Society of Canada is home to world-renowned MS researchers;
  • Researchers believe that MS is caused by a combination of genetics, lifestyle, and environmental factors;
  • In a recent breakthrough landmark study, a research team at Harvard University provided the strongest evidence to date that shows an association between the Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV) and the onset of MS; and
  • Researchers found that the risk of MS increased 32-fold after infection with EBV, a virus that causes infectious mononucleosis and has long been suspected to be a risk factor for MS.
We, the undersigned, citizens and residents of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to ensure multiple sclerosis (MS) is a primary research priority for Canadians by committing to funding MS research in partnership with the MS Society of Canada to focus efforts to pursue MS prevention and therapeutics strategies targeting Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV) and to improve our understanding of EBV in the MS disease course.
Open for signature
June 22, 2022, at 4:24 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
October 20, 2022, at 4:24 p.m. (EDT)
Photo - Stephen Ellis
Conservative Caucus
Nova Scotia
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