I am a registered nurse and the ward is closed due to norovirus. I have RRMS, ao should I be working in that environment?
Use of standard contact precautions and vigilance to protocol should allow you to work safely in that environment. Any infection can theoretically lead to a "pseudo-attack" or "pseudo-exacerbation" of MS. This means that old symptoms can re-appear or become more noticeable. This does not reflect a new MS attack or relapse, but is a reminder of old symptoms (and scars) due to previous MS disease. Resolution of the infection typically leads to resolution of any co-occuring MS symptoms.
Hope this helps.
A. Scott Nielsen MD MMSc
Virginia Mason MS Center