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THE ITCH IN TIME

The surge of patients plagued by Morgellons has doctors stumped because they say it’s not a real disease

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IN 2015 15 researchers from a range of medical fields tried to wipe a disease off the face of the earth with a stroke of the pen.

The team, brought together by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), had spent the past six years attempting to answer a simple question: Was there any biological cause behind a long-controversial skin illness known as Morgellons? The bizarre ailment, according to its sufferers, caused incessant itching sensations, slowly healing lesions scattered across the body and mysterious brightly colored filaments that sprouted from underneath the skin.

FLESH AND MOAN: Verna Gallagher says she is tormented by a crawling sensation caused by bugs that emerge from under her skin.
RICH PEDRONCELLI/AP
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