By Cort Johnson in Health Rising.
The talk was titled, “Now for Something Completely Different: A microbe hunter turns to ME/CFS”. Except that Ian Lipkin is not just any microbe hunter: for many people, he’s THE microbe hunter.
Internationally known for his breakthrough work on Bornavirus, SARS, MERS, tick-borne illnesses, and others, and his recent work on acute flaccid myelitis, Lipkin is the perfect person to spread the word on chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
The CDC are his kind of people, after all. Early in his career, he (unsuccessfully) applied to work at the CDC, and he’s worked with many CDC researchers since then. Best known for its work on infectious diseases, the CDC was founded in 1946 to study malaria. (Its headquarters were in Atlanta because malaria was endemic there.) Its Biosafety Level 4 labs that deal with the most dangerous pathogens are the most secure in the world, and contain one of the two official repositories of smallpox in the world.
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