Press Release: AACFS Seventh International Conference on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia and Related Disorders
October 11, 2004
Contact Person: Dr. Charles Lapp, Board Member AACFS
Ph: +1 704-543-9692 E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
October 7, 2004
American Association for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (AACFS)
Seventh International Conference on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome,
Fibromyalgia and Related Disorders
Madison, Wisconsin, USA
Cosponsored by the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention
(CDC) and the National Centre for Infectious Diseases. CDC researcher Dr. William Reeves, Chief of the CFS research program, reported that $US 9.1 billion of earnings and wages are lost anually in the US alone due to disability caused by CFS.
CFS patients are more sick and have greater consequent disability
than patients with chronic obstructive lung disease, cardiac disease,
osteoarthritis and depression yet fewer than 16% of CFS sufferers in
the general population are diagnosed and treated for CFS.
A CDC collaborative study with Australian researchers found that the
strongest predictor of the development of post-infectious
(chronic) fatigue syndrome is the severity of the acute illness at
onset. Psychological factors played no role in the development of CFS following infection.
The CDC and NIH have proposed the formation of an international
collaborative network cal1ed the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Research
Network (CRN) to foster collaborative, innovative and incisive
research. Such a network will assist in the establishment of diagnosis and therapeutic interventions and bring help to the hundreds of thousands of CFS sufferers and their families world wide.