The article Malta's Low Incidence Of MS "May Be Genetic" (January 16) about the incidence of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) in Malta calls for some updating.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) has made the detection of MS much easier than in the past, when such cases were difficult to diagnose and hence were frequently misdiagnosed and statistically registered under some other heading. The increased use of MRI in recent years has resulted in establishing beyond doubt a much higher prevalence of the disease in Malta.

Although the data published four years ago indicated that the prevalence of MS at the end of the last decade stood at 15 per 100,000 population, the current data being collected by local neurologists is suggesting an even higher prevalence rate of the order of 25 per 100,000. This would be suggestive of an increasing incidence of the condition that cannot be explained by genetic factors alone.

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