Schizophrenia Linked With Common Viral Infections


Although genetic factors have been found to explain at least part of the risk for schizophrenia, the etiology of the disease has yet to be fully elucidated. Environmental factors such as maternal preeclampsia, births in the winter and spring, and perinatal infection have also been associated with increased schizophrenia risk.1 In addition, a growing body of research suggests associations between common viral infections and psychiatric disorders and behavior.