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Concurrent sick building syndrome & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS): epidemic neuromyasthenia revisited

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www.ProHealth.com • January 5, 1994


Sick building syndrome (SBS) is usually characterized by upper
respiratory complaints, headache, and mild fatigue. Chronic
fatigue syndrome (CFS) is an illness with defined criteria
including extreme fatigue, sore throat, headache, and
neurological symptoms. We investigated three apparent
outbreaks of SBS and observed another more serious illness (or
illnesses), characterized predominantly by severe fatigue,
that was noted by 9 (90%) of the 10 teachers who frequently
used a single conference room at a high school in Truckee,
California; 5 (23%) of the 22 responding teachers in the J
wing of a high school in Elk Grove, California; and 9 (10%) of
the 93 responding workers from an office building in
Washington, D.C. In those individuals with severe fatigue,
symptoms of mucous membrane irritation that are characteristic
of SBS were noted but also noted were neurological complaints
not typical of SBS but quite characteristic of CFS. We
conclude that CFS is often associated with SBS.

Chester AC, Levine PH




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