Senators Investigate CDC Misallocation of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) Research Funds

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.

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