There seems to be a new disease that’s causing a scare in parts of the US, and it’s not the bird flu. Morgellons is the name of this new disease that seems to be surfacing, and everything about it seems to have come out of a bad horror movie.
According to the Morgellons Research Foundation, those who have the disease develop rashes and non-healing skin lesions that cause a burning or itching sensation. They also claim to have the feeling that insects are crawling under their skin. When the rashes are treated with topical medications, the symptoms return within a few days and further treatment ends up being futile.
Other symptoms from this strange disease include: sweat that is black and tarry, strange multi-colored fibers that come out of the skin lesions, and some sufferers have claimed that they saw small insects crawling/flying out of their skin (although no one who isn’t infected with the disease has witnessed this).
Most doctors have dismissed this as delusional parasitosis, a disease in which one falsely believes oneself to be infected by an organism, though there is something more to it. More than half of those infected with this disease also have Lyme disease. The disease also, seems to be isolated to California, Texas and Florida.
The doctors who are researching this mysterious illness can’t seem to find the actual cause. There is something to it though; with all those infected people reporting the same symptoms and having fibers pulled from their skin lesions, it simply can’t be in their heads.
What it is, though — well, that’s the mystery.