The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is paying Kaiser Permanente $338,000 to test and interview patients suffering from Morgellons. This strange ailment causes symptoms such as sores erupting on your skin, with mysterious threads popping out of them, and the feeling tiny bugs are crawling all over you. The one-year effort will attempt to define the condition and determine how common it is.
Some experts believe that Morgellons is a psychiatric phenomenon, a form of delusional parasitosis, the psychosis that causes people to believe they are infected with parasites. But hundreds believe the condition to be a physical illness.
For the study, volunteers will get blood tests and skin exams, as well as psychological evaluations.
* Washington Post January 16, 2008