The US Government's Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has launched a national education campaign to raise the level of awareness amongst both doctors and the general public about the reality of chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS).
The campaign will consist of national print and broadcast advertising, brochures, a ‘tool kit’ for healthcare professionals and a traveling photo exhibit called ‘The Faces of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome’, which will travel to cities across the US throughout 2007.
To coincide with the campaign, a new website has also been launched that will provide easy-to-understand, scientifically-based information for patients and their families as well as for health-care professionals.
A spokesperson said recently that the CDC considers CFS to be a significant public health concern, and that they are committed to carrying out research that will lead to earlier diagnosis and better treatment for the illness.
Whilst UK patients with ME/CFS still wait to hear similar words from their own government, and to see the same action taken, they do at least now have access to the new US website at www.cdc.gov/cfs
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First Published April 2007
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