Hi All, I've only just found this forum after getting very interested in researching all of this XMRV stuff. I'm 25 years old, and have had CFS for 7.5 years (and was sick with Post-Viral Fatigue and Glandular Fever before that). The main thing that has confused me about the possibility of XMRV is how I could've contracted it. I read somewhere that XMRV orginated in mice, or is prevevant in mice. So my only plausible explanation is that my cat (who I used to torment, play with, and get scratched by) managed to get infected mouse blood on her claws and/or teeth, and then scratched/bit me (which happened many times). I'm hoping to start a poll that asks people if they had a cat, or had contact with a cat around the time they first got sick. It's obviously very un-scientific, but I would be very interested to see the results. I hope everyone is happy to respond if possible.