News of the WeekCHRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME

CDC Struggles to Recover From Debacle Over Earmark

Science  07 Jan 2000:
Vol. 287, Issue 5450, pp. 22-23
DOI: 10.1126/science.287.5450.22

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been attempting to recover from a self-inflicted wound: the diversion of millions of dollars budgeted for chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) into work on other diseases. In addition to angering patient advocacy groups and some legislators, the CDC has now been forced to tax other programs to replenish the CFS account. And even though the agency has apologized and sought extensive comment on a new CFS research agenda, officials face another round of investigations--as well as a complaint from an employee alleging that he was persecuted for revealing the misallocation.

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