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Mystery Skin Disease Has Researchers Stumped

Posted by Jane Akre
Thursday, January 17, 2008 12:19 PM EST
Category: Major Medical, Protecting Your Family
Tags: FDA and Prescription Drugs, Toxic Substances


CDC researchers will spend more than a year looking at the cause of a mysterious skin disease that is a mystery.  

     IMAGE:  Fibrous specimen from skin lesion


The symptoms are consistent - skin lesions that do not heal, a stinging, crawling skin sensation, fibers of foreign material on or under the skin, mental confusion, memory loss, joint pain, among other ailments.

Medical detectives say they have no idea what is causing the illness called Morgellons illness.

Some have even questioned whether its symptoms are real or delusional.  But with thousands afflicted world-wide, the CDC will launch an 18-month investigation among patients in northern California with help from the Armed Forces Pathology Institute and Kaiser Permanente.

Dr. Michele Pearson, lead CDC investigator in the study, tells Reuters, “What I can tell you is real is the suffering that these patients are experiencing," Pearson said. "I cannot characterize this as a syndrome, as a disease. I can tell you it's an unexplained illness."

Morgellons Research Foundation is based in Pittsburgh. Executive director, Mary Leitao believes the condition is an infectious disease.

The group says more than 11,000 families around the world with at least one person inflicted have the condition. It’s been tracking incidents since 2002. On its Web site the foundation has stories from people who have suffered with this undiagnosed condition.

Leitano, a biologist named the disease after her 2-year-old son began complaining of “bugs” and sores under his lip. She says they appeared as red, black, blue and white bundles of fibers.

Eight different doctors were unable to explain the symptoms. She chose the name Morgellons disease from a description of an illness in a 1690 letter by Sir Thomas Browne.

Some patients have been "diagnosed with a common medical label, Delusions of Parasitosis (DP), the basic tenet being this is a psychiatric illness with the presumption of a purely delusional 'parasite infestation." #



Posted by joe
Thursday, January 17, 2008 2:11 PM EST

You should also check out MorgellonsWatch for the other side of the story:


Anonymous User
Posted by Registered Nurse
Thursday, January 17, 2008 7:22 PM EST

This referenced web site (morgellonswatch.com) is one that for reasons most mysterious, a group of people have made it "their life's work" to debunk this medical syndrome. Why? Most puzzling. I can understand making your position statement and moving on. I can NOT fathom why a group such as this would be so intrigued to spent 24/7 in on-going debunk debate.

Be that as it may, each is entitled to an opinion and they have theirs. I do know from personal experience this is in fact a new and emerging disease and the sores and fibers are very real. I lost over a year's gainful employment as a nurse. The open sores on my body precluded I not deliver direct patient care.

AB, Registered Nurse

Anonymous User
Posted by josemanuel torres
Friday, January 18, 2008 5:45 PM EST

im pretty interesting about this weird illnes, please let me know about most recents discovers or what to do to confront it.thank you

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