Despite the overall advance in technology and, particularly, medicine, there still are some diseases that completely mind boggle scientists. The Morgellons disease is among those that are still mostly unknown by today’s researchers. A recent government study was supposed to shed some light on the matter, but it seems that scientists still don’t know what causes the Morgellons disease.
The disease itself is like a horror movie. The strange skin disease brings fibers, fuzz and other debris in sores on patients. The symptoms include crawling, biting and stinging sensations as well as persistent skin lesions.
Although most doctors and psychiatrists think that the Morgellons disease is a manifestation of known medical conditions, such as delusional parasitosis, patients and the Morgellons Research Foundation managed to convince the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to conduct a study on the matter.
The study has concluded and the result was that the Morgellons disease isn’t infectious or caused by something in the environment. The research, available in PLoS One, also showed that the disease is very rare, affecting fewer than 4 in 100,000 people out of those surveyed. Although the analysis didn’t provide much findings, the CDC isn’t planning to undertake a new one.
It cost $600,000 and it took several years and 115 studied patients to reach a conclusion that still doesn’t say much or offer relief to sufferers. It looked at more than 3 million people who lived in 13 counties in Northern California, places where many reports of Morgellons disease have been made.
Researchers with the CDC, Kaiser Permanente Northern California and several other academic institutions took part in the study. Mark Eberhard, the CDC’s director of the division of parasitic diseases and malaria said: “We believe that these people have something and their quality of life has in some instances been very seriously impacted. We’re not saying this is made up. There could be a constellation of factors”.
But, researchers did notice some differences in how the patients did on the psychological exams. The study showed that patients with Morgellons suffered from depression more than the general public, however it is sort of understandable why, since they are dealing with quite an awkward disease.