By LAWRENCE K. ALTMAN, nytimes.com, Published: September 05, 1990 !!!
But, in contrast to AIDS, there is no evidence that chronic fatigue syndrome is spread by sex or is fatal, the authors of the study said in reporting their preliminary findings at a scientific meeting in Kyoto, Japan. Their research is to be published soon in The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Dr. DeFreitas said in an interview that her team was seeking to isolate the virus, which was detected indirectly by blood tests and sophisticated laboratory methods in most of a small group of patients suspected of having chronic fatigue syndrome. One group of patients included children in an unidentified town in upstate New York where an epidemic occurred.