The prevalence of ME/CFS, also known as chronic fatigue syndrome and myalgic encephalomyelitis, is much higher than many realize. In the USA, the illness is more prevalent than lung cancer, leukemia and AIDS combined. – CDC and SEER Report, 5-year prevalence rates.
Also surprising, ME/CFS can be as disabling as late stage AIDS. – Dr. Nancy Klimas, with the University of Miami.
A recent Dutch study showed one in 900 children have ME/CFS, robbing them of their dreams of a productive and full life, and impacting their ability to develop social skills and get an education.
Recent research developments have caused great excitement in the patient community. Yet, government research funding levels remain very low when compared to other less prevalent and even less disabling illnesses.
Most of these points are mentioned in a public service announcement now being aired throughout the USA and through the Internet.
Organizations supporting this public service announcement include: