By Donald C. Drake, Knight-Ridder Newspapers:
More than 50 epidemics of CFS have been reported during the last 40 years here and abroad, and clinicians say they frequently find the disease clustering in families.
Bell, who gave up his private pediatric practice to pursue this disease with his own money (he works in emergency rooms at night to make ends meet), said he thought CFS was spread just like the flu - through coughing, sneezing and close contact.
Bell said he does not think there is any practical way of protecting against infection. He said he believes CFS victims are contagious during the early stages of their infection, when it seems that they have nothing more serious than the flu.
By the time CFS is suspected, he said, the contagion risk is gone. Read more>>