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Coeliac disease may be triggered by virus, new research

Coeliac disease may be triggered by virus, new research Source: Food Standards Australia New Zealand

Coeliac disease may be trigged by exposure to an otherwise harmless virus that causes no other symptoms says new research.

Published in the 7 April 2017 edition of Science journal, researchers from the United States said their findings could one day lead to a vaccine that helps protect against coeliac disease.

“This study clearly shows that a virus that is not clinically symptomatic can still do bad things to the immune system and set the stage for an autoimmune disorder, and for coeliac disease in particular,” said study senior author Bana Jabri, M.D., Ph.D.

Coeliac disease affects one in 113 people in the United States, although it is believed that only 17 per cent of these people have been diagnosed.

According to Coeliac Australia, the disease affects approximately one in 70 Australians.

The disease is caused by a weak immune response to gluten which is found in foods such as bread, pasta, cake, cereals and biscuits.

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