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Doctors puzzled over bizarre infection surfacing in South Texas

Deborah Knapp
KENS 5 Eyewitness News

If diseases like AIDS and bird flu scare you, wait until you hear what's next. Doctors are trying to find out what is causing a bizarre and mysterious infection that's surfaced in South Texas.

Morgellons disease is not yet known to kill, but if you were to get it, you might wish you were dead, as the symptoms are horrible.

"These people will have like beads of sweat but it's black, black and tarry," said Ginger Savely, a nurse practioner in Austin who treats a majority of these patients.

Patients get lesions that never heal.

"Sometimes little black specks that come out of the lesions and sometimes little fibers," said Stephanie Bailey, Morgellons patient.

Patients say that's the worst symptom - strange fibers that pop out of your skin in different colors.

"He'd have attacks and fibers would come out of his hands and fingers, white, black and sometimes red. Very, very painful," said Lisa Wilson, whose son Travis had Morgellon's disease.

While all of this is going on, it feels like bugs are crawling under your skin. So far more than 100 cases of Morgellons disease have been reported in South Texas.

"It really has the makings of a horror movie in every way," Savely said.

While Savely sees this as a legitimate disease, there are many doctors who simply refuse to acknowledge it exists, because of the bizarre symptoms patients are diagnosed as delusional.

"Believe me, if I just randomly saw one of these patients in my office, I would think they were crazy too," Savely said. "But after you've heard the story of over 100 (patients) and they're all - down to the most minute detail - saying the exact same thing, that becomes quite impressive."

Travis Wilson developed Morgellons just over a year ago. He called his mother in to see a fiber coming out of a lesion.

"It looked like a piece of spaghetti was sticking out about a quarter to an eighth of an inch long and it was sticking out of his chest," Lisa Wilson said. "I tried to pull it as hard as I could out and I could not pull it out."

The Wilson's spent $14,000 after insurance last year on doctors and medicine.

"Most of them are antibiotics. He was on Tamadone for pain. Viltricide, this was an anti-parasitic. This was to try and protect his skin because of all the lesions and stuff," Lisa said.

However, nothing worked, and 23-year-old Travis could no longer take it.

"I knew he was going to kill himself, and there was nothing I could do to stop him," Lisa Wilson said.

Just two weeks ago, Travis took his life.

Stephanie Bailey developed the lesions four-and-a-half years ago.

"The lesions come up, and then these fuzzy things like spores come out," she said.

She also has the crawling sensation.

"You just want to get it out of you," Bailey said.

She has no idea what caused the disease, and nothing has worked to clear it up.

"They (doctors) told me I was just doing this to myself, that I was nuts. So basically I stopped going to doctors because I was afraid they were going to lock me up," Bailey said.

Harriett Bishop has battled Morgellons for 12 years. After a year on antibiotics, her hands have nearly cleared up. On the day, we visited her she only had one lesion and she extracted this fiber from it.

"You want to get these things out to relieve the pain, and that's why you pull and then you can see the fibers there, and the tentacles are there, and there are millions of them," Bishop said.

So far, pathologists have failed to find any infection in the fibers pulled from lesions.

"Clearly something is physically happening here," said Dr. Randy Wymore, a researcher at the Morgellons Research Foundation at Oklahoma State University's Center for Health Sciences.

Wymore examines the fibers, scabs and other samples from Morgellon's patients to try and find the disease's cause.

"These fibers don't look like common environmental fibers," he said.

The goal at OSU is to scientifically find out what is going on. Until then, patients and doctors struggle with this mysterious and bizarre infection. Thus far, the only treatment that has showed some success is an antibiotic.

"It sounds a little like a parasite, like a fungal infection, like a bacterial infection, but it never quite fits all the criteria of any known pathogen," Savely said

No one knows how Morgellans is contracted, but it does not appear to be contagious. The states with the highest number of cases are Texas, California and Florida.

I believe it to be an infection passed on to humans by....
El CHUPACABRA!!!!!!
 

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Hmmmm...I lived in Florida...I'm passing through Texas to get to California to live...Holy ****! I could concievably contract this! :eek: Man, what a great idea for a story...! :D Maybe I could even work ol' el chupa in there. Good idea Raxl!:D
 

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Ya know, this story really creeps me out.

Fibers, growing out of your skin. Man, imagine that? Bad enough you get some big, pus filled thing growing outta your arm, or wherever, but then to top it off, YARN starts to grow out of THAT!

It's really disturbing.

What in the hell is inside of you, that makes YARN grow out of your skin!?
Where does it come from?
What is it connected too?
Can you pull it out, like an ingrown hair?
Does different color yarn grow out of different spots on your body?

I dunno, but this is one of those stories that, for whatever reason, gets into my brain, and really, really bothers me. It's just very sinister.:xbones:
 

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RAXL said:
It's just very sinister.:xbones:
BWA-HAHAHAAAAA! Someone mentioned my name? :D

It has all the markings of an urban legend and I wouldn't be surprised if that's exactly what it turned out to be. You never know though. Tom Jones has a career, so anything is possible. :devil:
 

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RAXL said:
Ya know, this story really creeps me out.

Fibers, growing out of your skin. Man, imagine that? Bad enough you get some big, pus filled thing growing outta your arm, or wherever, but then to top it off, YARN starts to grow out of THAT!

It's really disturbing.

What in the hell is inside of you, that makes YARN grow out of your skin!?
Where does it come from?
What is it connected too?
Can you pull it out, like an ingrown hair?
Does different color yarn grow out of different spots on your body?

I dunno, but this is one of those stories that, for whatever reason, gets into my brain, and really, really bothers me. It's just very sinister.:xbones:
I KNOW. IT IS THE THINGS GOING ON RIGHT UNDER OUR NOSES,-IF YOU WILL PLEASE PARDON THE EXPRESSION- THAT MAKE ME NERVOUS.

HAS ANYONE HERE READ A BOOK,MID 1990s,CALLED "DUST" ?

I CAN'T RECALL THE AUTHOR'S NAME,BUT IT WAS AN END OF THE WORLD SCENARIO,WHERE TINY LITTLE PIECES OF THE TAPESTRY,BECOME EXTICT,AND ALL HELL BREAKS LOOSE. NO BEES TO POLINATE THE FRUIT. NO FRUIT. WE STARVE,BUT A'HA, OTHER ANIMALS THAT RELY ON FRUIT,INSTEAD OF GOING EXTICT,DO SOMETHING CALLED "PREY SWAPPING",AND ALL OF A SUDDEN BATS ARE ATTACKING PEOPLE. THE TITLE.."DUST" HAS TO DO WITH THE LITTLE DUST MOTES THAT EAT OUR DEAD SKIN. PART OF THE CYCLE..RIGHT? UNFORTUNATELY,THE ELEMENT THAT KEEPS THE MOTES IN CHECK,GOES BYE-BYE,..AND HUMANS START TO GET EATEN ALIVE.

SORRY FOR THE LONG POST. AND ALL-CAPS! (I CRAVE ATTENTION) ANYWAY,THIS BOOK STUCK WITH ME,..HOW CLOSE WE ARE TO ANARCHY.

RAXL'S POSTS KEEP THAT PARANOID FIRE BURNING BRIGHT. I AM GLAD YOU ARE THE ONE DOING IT;RAXL. NOW I'M GOING BACK TO READING MY COMICS! :)
 

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I KNOW. IT IS THE THINGS GOING ON RIGHT UNDER OUR NOSES,-IF YOU WILL PLEASE PARDON THE EXPRESSION- THAT MAKE ME NERVOUS.

HAS ANYONE HERE READ A BOOK,MID 1990s,CALLED "DUST" ?

I CAN'T RECALL THE AUTHOR'S NAME,BUT IT WAS AN END OF THE WORLD SCENARIO,WHERE TINY LITTLE PIECES OF THE TAPESTRY,BECOME EXTICT,AND ALL HELL BREAKS LOOSE. NO BEES TO POLINATE THE FRUIT. NO FRUIT. WE STARVE,BUT A'HA, OTHER ANIMALS THAT RELY ON FRUIT,INSTEAD OF GOING EXTICT,DO SOMETHING CALLED "PREY SWAPPING",AND ALL OF A SUDDEN BATS ARE ATTACKING PEOPLE. THE TITLE.."DUST" HAS TO DO WITH THE LITTLE DUST MOTES THAT EAT OUR DEAD SKIN. PART OF THE CYCLE..RIGHT? UNFORTUNATELY,THE ELEMENT THAT KEEPS THE MOTES IN CHECK,GOES BYE-BYE,..AND HUMANS START TO GET EATEN ALIVE.

SORRY FOR THE LONG POST. AND ALL-CAPS! (I CRAVE ATTENTION) ANYWAY,THIS BOOK STUCK WITH ME,..HOW CLOSE WE ARE TO ANARCHY.

RAXL'S POSTS KEEP THAT PARANOID FIRE BURNING BRIGHT. I AM GLAD YOU ARE THE ONE DOING IT;RAXL. NOW I'M GOING BACK TO READING MY COMICS! :)
that's it I'm plucking my eye lashes and shaving my eyebrows.
 

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Update!!!

OAKLAND -- A horrifying and fascinating disease is affecting thousands of people in the Bay Area, along the Gulf Coast and in Florida. Though some doctors have claimed the malady is psychosomatic, other scientists are making headway unraveling the mystery of Morgellons Disease.

Former Oakland A's pitcher Billy Koch has it. And so do his wife and their three children. And though they can afford top medical care, doctors have no answers.

It started in Oakland four years ago. Koch saved 44 games and was the top reliever in the major leagues. His fastball wowed crowds. And then the strangeness began.

"He freaked out. He wanted to ignore it … I wanted to too. But when it comes to your kids, you gotta stop ignoring it," said Koch's wife Brandi.

She describes their symptoms: "It was the scariest thing I had ever realized in my entire life. There was matter and black specks coming out and off of my skin."

Within two years -- at age 29 -- Billy Koch was out of baseball, partly because of the uncontrollable muscle twitching that went on for months at a time and often kept up him up all night.

The disease is characterized by slow healing skin lesions that often extrude small, dark filaments, especially after bathing.

"That's when it would really just ooze -- literally ooze out of my skin," explained Brandi Koch.

The couple was at wit's end after numerous doctors not only provided little in the way of relief, but actually were skeptical about their health problems: "There's no reasonable explanation for it. I'm not seeing things. l'm watching it happen. We're pretty sane people…" lamented Billy.

Infectious disease specialist Dr. Neelam Uppal sympathized with the Kochs' plight: "They've seen several doctors, [and] everybody's told them they're crazy. It's in their head. They're delusional."

Dr. Uppal gave the Kochs and fifteen other patients a powerful anti-parasite medicine and antibiotics that helped temporarily. But the filaments come back.

Testing of the filaments brought no results, according to Dr. Uppal: "I've seen [it]; sent it to the lab. They can't identify it. They'll say 'They're nothing.'"

The reaction of medical professionals has made a difficult situation even harder for Brandi Koch: "It's not enough that you're suffering and hurting. It's 'You're an idiot!' and 'You're crazy!' on top of it. I'm really hurt and sad and scared."

The Kochs may be the most recognizable of more than 3,000 families nationwide reporting these same unexplained symptoms. There are curious clusters, in Florida, along the Gulf Coast and in the San Francisco Bay Area. That's where we begin our investigation into new clues to this medical mystery.

San Francisco physician Rafael Stricker took samples last spring from Bay Area sufferers. Patients report pustules and filaments that most doctors dismiss. Dermatologists claimed the filaments were all delusions, although none had studied them.

Oklahoma State University Professor Randy Wymore was the first scientist to conduct research on this disconcerting disease. He says it's the biggest mystery he's ever been involved in.

The UC Davis trained physiologist is leading a medical team at Oklahoma State University in Tulsa, researching what is now called Morgellons Disease.

With cooperation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Wymore's team is studying Bay Area patients and others from around the country. His first finding disputes the frequent diagnosis of delusions.

"Pathologists and dermatologists and lab reports [said] that these were textile fibers appearing in the skin of the sufferers. Now that's just not true, to be perfectly blunt about it," says Prof. Wymore.

Wymore says his tests rule out not only textile fibers, but also worms, insects, animal material and even human skin and hair. He says the filaments are not an external contamination.

Instead, they are a substance that materializes somehow inside the body, apparent artifacts of something infectious. More results are expected soon. And Wymore says skin problems are not the worst symptoms.

He says a neurotoxin or microorganism may disturb muscle control and memory.

"The neurological effects are the much more severe, life altering and much more dangerous of the conditions," explains Prof. Wymore.

This month, Georgia began a statewide Morgellons registry. Prof. Wymore says he is about to begin a clinical trial and offers this to sufferers: "We know there's something going on here. You're not delusional."

Prof. Wymore has just released an open letter to doctors treating patients with Morgellons symptoms. It asks physicians to take it seriously, saying these patients are likely suffering from a still untreatable emerging disease.
 

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Yeah, like I'm going to be able to sleep at night after reading this. I like the part that the dermatologists are telling these patients who are suffering pustules and skin infections (that are visible on the skin) that they are dellusional. :googly:
 

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My mother told me that for several years after coming home from Vietnam, my dad would have pieces of shrapnel that would work their way back out of his skin. At least he knew the source...inexplicable tar and "filaments" = :sick:
 
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