WASHINGTON, Feb. 29 /U.S. Newswire/ — The following is a
statement from Kim Kenney, president and CEO of The Chronic Fatigue
and Immune Dysfunction Syndrome Association of America, Inc.
“I want to personally applaud Sens. Reid and Specter for their
determination to get to the bottom of the financial mess at the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. Word that
funds for diseases besides chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) and
hantavirus may have been misspent is especially troubling. I share
the senators’ concern that the culture of arrogance at the CDC that
led to the misuse of funds has not been appropriately addressed.
I continue to hope that through our vigilance and that of Members
of Congress, we will soon have a CDC that can be trusted to spend
money and direct research the way legislators intended.”
CFS is defined as a debilitating and complex disorder
characterized by profound fatigue, pain and cognitive problems not
improved by bed rest and that may be worsened by physical or mental
activity. Persons with CFS function at a substantially lower level
of activity than they were capable of before the onset of the
illness. Recent studies estimate more than 800,000 Americans are
suffering from CFS today.