As announced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on October 25, The National Public Awareness and Education Campaign for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) will be launched at a press conference on November 3 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in the Holeman Lounge at The National Press Club, 529 14th St., NW, Washington, D.C. 20045. For information, the press is advised to contact the CDC Division of Media Relations, 404-639-3286, or Mike Greenwell of Fleishman Hillard at 404-739-0155. Those wishing to participate by phone may call 888-343-2169.
The campaign is being funded by the CDC and executed by the Chronic Fatigue and Immune Dysfunction Syndrome (CFIDS) Association of America.
Its purpose: to call attention to the CDC estimate that, of the Americans with CFS, only 20 percent have been diagnosed. The CDC “considers CFS to be a major public health concern and has committed to research that will lead to earlier diagnosis and better treatment of the illness.”
Featured at the launch will be:
n Julie Gerberding, director of the CDC.
n Anthony Komaroff, MD, professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and a leading CFS specialist and researcher.
n Nancy Klimas, MD, a practicing physician and principal investigator of the National Institute of Health's Center for Multidisciplinary Studies of CFS Pathophysiology at the University of Miami.
n And representatives from the CFIDS Association of America.