Bizarre Skin Disease Probed
Feds investigate skin-crawling syndrome linked to fatigue and confusion
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 17, 2008 5:00 AM CST
Scientists with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say that the investigation in Morgellons disease is badly needed. Experts from fields including epidemiology, environmental health, dermatology,...   (Shutter Stock)
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(Newser) – Federal disease experts have launched an investigation into the outbreak of a mysterious skin condition that causes a stinging or crawling sensation, confusion and fatique, USA Today reports. Cases of Morgellons disease are on the rise, especially in California and Texas. The condition is so little-known that it was only named in 2002, after a similar condition reported  in the 17th century. Some 11,000 families, several with more than one member affected, have registered with the Morgellons Research Foundation

Morgellons symptoms also include open sores, black specks, and strange fibers emerging from the skin. Experts know that the patients' suffering is real, but are certain of little else. Some think Morgellons patients may be suffering from psychiatric problems. "There is no textbook on this condition," said an investigator. "We're at the beginning of the learning curve."