Saturday, January 22, 2011

Open Letter to Dr. Elizabeth Unger, new Chief of CDC's Chronic Viral Diseases Branch

By Biomedical ME/CFIDS:

Dr. Elizabeth Unger
Chief of Chronic Viral Diseases Branch
National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases
Division of High Consequence Pathogens and Pathology
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Dear Dr. Unger,

Congratulations on your appointment to your new position. I wish you great success. Your future performance in this position will have a huge effect on my future and the futures of millions of Americans and others around the planet.

The only way I could see your future performance as a success would be if you will take the Chronic and Viral Diseases Branch of the National Centers for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases in the direction of research into the viral cause(s) of the infectious neuroimmune disease called myalgic encephalomyelitis by the World Health Organization and trivialized by the CDC by calling it “chronic fatigue syndrome” for the last 20 years.

The NIH symbolically extended its middle finger into the faces of “CFS” patients when it moved “CFS” research to the Office of Women's Health, which has no labs, no recognition and no power to do anything positive about this disease.

After 8 years of making recommendations to the Secretary of Health, virtually none of those recommendations have been acted upon and for many years, those suggestions have not even been acknowledged. This disease disables children, men and women.

You have it in your power to ... Read more>>

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