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Have there been reports of a virus that can trigger children not predisposed to diabetes to become diabetics? A pediatrician in my area indicated there might be an increase in cases and two area schools have sent a notice to parents on a virus. Any truth to these rumors?

There are theories that viruses can cause diabetes in people who don't have the genetic predisposition. However, we don't think these theories are too likely to explain the increased incidence of Type 1 diabetes that happens every autumn!

As someone said:

"Rumors do fly faster than the truth."

PS: There is another question about viruses and diabetes.

Original posting 18 Jan 96


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