World Health Organisation (WHO) 1969
Priority 1 Disease of Public Health Importance
Centers for Disease Control(CDC) 1997
ME/CFS is a broad diagnosis which includes clinical syndromes linked to known infectious agents including Ross River virus, Epstein Barr virus, Q fever, Lyme disease, Parvovirus B19 and toxic exposures such as organophosphates. These syndromes are characterized by neurological, gastrointestinal, cardiovascular and myoarthralgic symptoms. Severe forms can present with paresis, seizures, intractable savage headache, and life threatening complications.
The renaming to chronic fatigue syndrome in 1988, giving misplaced emphasis to "fatigue", trivialises the substantial disability of ME/CFS which can extend to the wheelchair or bedbound, requiring 24 hour care.
Strong evidence is accumulating for the role of infection, immune dysregulation and genetic predisposition.
- ME/CFS patients are more sick and have far greater disability than patients with cardiac disease, chronic obstructive lung disease and depression
- Psychological factors play no role in the
development of post-infectious ME/CFS
- US Centers for Disease Control, AACFS Conference 2004
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Study
University of Sydney Participants required in a study investigating whether tick borne infections may contribute to the symptomology of CFS.
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