Morgellons Disease Pictures and Story

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced today that it is launching a study to learn about an unexplained condition that causes people to feel as if they have foreign substances growing from their bodies.

People with the condition, referred to as Morgellons disease, say they have fibers and other inorganic material growing out of their skin.

“We earnestly want to learn more about this unexplained illness, which affects the lives of those who suffer from it,” said Dr. Michele Pearson, principal investigator leading the study for the CDC, in a press release. “Those who suffer have questions, and we want to help them.”

“We have a team of epidemiologists, laboratorians and pathologists to carry out the study,” Pearson said.

The study will be conducted in conjunction with Kaiser Permanente’s Northern California Division of Research.

In 2006, a number of Morgellons sufferers told ABC News in interviews that when they consulted doctors, they received diagnoses they called wrong or dismissive. Brandi Koch, the wife of former Major League Baseball player Billy Koch, said that she felt as if she were living in a horror movie, claiming she had colored fibers coming out of her skin.

Koch, of Clearwater Beach, Fla., said that her life was good until one day in the shower when she noticed something strange — tiny fibers running through her skin.Morgellons Fibers

“The fibers look like hair, and they’re different colors,” Koch said.

Koch said she knows that what she experienced “sounds crazy,” but it’s true. “If I had a family member call me up and say, ‘I have this stuff,’ I’d say, ‘I’m sending a straitjacket over. You need some help,’” she said.

Anne Dill described a similar condition. Looking at Dill’s life in Florida, she seemed to be living the American dream — her three daughters excelled in sports and were straight-A students.

But life in the Dill household was far from idyllic. Anne’s 40-year-old husband, Tom, died in January 2006, and she believes his death was due to a contagious illness that has infected her entire family.

Dill described her family’s skin: “There’s this fibrous material. It’s in layers.” Dill said the skin on their hands was particularly bad, very swollen and itchy, and said it felt as if bugs were crawling underneath the skin. Continue Reading on TimeSocket

Here are some pictures of Morgellons Disease

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Image sequence 1 of Morgellons patient. Note the ink outline

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Image sequence 2 of Morgellons patient. Closer view of outline area.

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Image sequence 3 of Morgellons patient. Zooming in on outline area.

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Image sequence 4 of Morgellons patient. Outline area magnified 2x.

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Image sequence 5 of Morgellons patient. Outline area magnified 4x.

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Image sequence 6 of Morgellons patient. Outline area magnified 10x – note ink line at right.

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Image sequence 7 of Morgellons patient. Outline area magnified 60x – note ink line still present.

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Image sequence 8 of Morgellons patient. Outline area magnified 60x.

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Image sequence 9 of Morgellons patient. Outline area magnified 60x – note hair in foreground.

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Image sequence 10 of Morgellons patient. Outline area magnified 80x.

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Image sequence 11 of Morgellons patient. Outline area magnified 200x.

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Lip of 3-year-old male at 10x showing fibers embedded in skin.

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Fibers removed from same lip lesions shown at 60x.

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Image showing autofluorescence of fibers from child’s lip skin lesion.

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Heel of 3-year-old male at 10x showing lesions with associated fibers.

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Same heel lesions on 3-year-old male showing fibers at 60x.

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Same heel lesions on 3-year-old male showing fibers at 60x.

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