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Unformatted text preview: 05/07/09 1 UNIDENTIFIED DERMATOSIS SYNDROME (UDS) (a.k.a., Morgellons Disease) SURVEILLANCE DATABASE 05/07/09 2 Jane M. Perry, MPH, Director Chemical Hazards Program Environmental Health and Injury Prevention Branch Georgia Division of Public Health 2 Peachtree St., 13 th Floor Atlanta, GA 30303-3141 Phone: 404.657.6534 Fax: 404.657.6533 e-mail: [email protected] 05/07/09 3 PRESENTATION FORMAT • Definitions • Project history • Goals • Hypothesis • Survey • Results • Conclusions • Treatments • Next Steps 05/07/09 4 CHEMICAL HAZARDS PROGRAM The Chemical Hazards Program was established in 1994 through a cooperative agreement with the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) The mission of the Chemical Hazards Program is to protect the health and promote the quality of life of Georgians through the prevention of exposure to hazardous substances in the environment. 05/07/09 5 “MORGELLONS DISEASE” Individuals report disturbing symptoms of seeing and feeling crawling, stinging and biting organisms on and in their skin. These organisms are described as fiber-like or black specks, and are accompanied by skin lesions. Sufferers also report chronic joint pain, disabling fatigue, cognitive difficulties, mental confusion, memory loss, behavioral effects, and mood disorders. 05/07/09 6 DELUSION OF PARASITOSIS • An unshakable false belief that live organisms are present in the skin.--Obermeyer, 1961 • Delusion of parasitosis usually involves young adults who are typically marginal in their socio-economic status where substance abuse is frequently associated, and older adults where drug abuse is usually not associated. • They will frequently bring in bits of skin, lint, and other “specimens” to try to prove the existence of these alleged parasites. This behavior is so characteristic that it has been referred to as the “matchbox sign”. • The delusion may be shared by a significant other. --Koo & Lee, 2001, p, 286 05/07/09 7 RULED OUT • Drug use • Dementia • Professional pest control • Parasites—bed bugs, scabies, fleas, lice, mites, etc. • History of psychosis diagnosed undiagnosed 05/07/09 8 HEADLINES $32 Million Verdict in Mold Case Court TV Forensic Files Morgellons Has Plenty of Skeptics Good Morning America Disease Baffles Patients and Doctors Popular Mechanics 05/07/09 9 HEADLINES (cont.) Doctors Make Progress with Mysterious Disease Fox TV (San Francisco) CDC Probes Bizarre Morgellons Condition The Associated Press Online Campaign Sparks Interest in New Disease National Public Radio 05/07/09...
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