Note: Some county and state health departments are unaware that the CDC has a team assigned to investigate Morgellons Disease.
That's because the CDC does NOT have a team assigned to investigate Morgellons. How can morgellons.org claim this?
They also state:
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) , physicians who have patients suspected of having Morgellons disease, should engage the public health system in the following way:The physician should contact the county health department and inform them that they have a patient suspected of having Morgellons disease, etiology unknown. The county health department should then contact the state health department, who will in turn inform the CDC about the patient in question.
Okay - this text appears nowhere else on the Internet except on this morgellons.org page (and now, here). Did they just make it up?
Then on another part of morgellons.org, we have:
The CDC has no program to test Morgellons…They're being a little disingenuous
Sounds like a contradiction to me.
What's the real deal with the CDC and Morgellons? Here's what is sopposed to be their form letter:
CDC has been aware of patients' concerns about a skin condition knows as Morgellons Disease for some time; to date no parasites or other agent have been identified as the source of disease.Specimens received directly from patients are typically not appropriate for diagnostic purposes. CDC laboratories are available to examine clinical specimens received from physicians or health departments to try to clarify the cause of disease. CDC encourages people who think they have Morgellons disease to work with their physicians to seek appropriate diagnostic testing.Thanks,Public Inquiry
Sounds about right. Note that they are aware of "patients' concerns", not the disease itself. Maybe I should email them and see what they say.
(UPDATE May 24, 2006: I've heard the news reports of the CDC "task force", but I'll refrain from comment on that until I hear exactly what the CDC says on the topic).