Tarry for the Nonce

May 12, 2006

‘Tis the Stuff of Horror Movies

Filed under: Science — lmwalker @ 2:30 pm

A confetti-like infection (my own term) is gripping Texas:

Doctors are trying to find out what is causing a bizarre and mysterious infection that’s surfaced in South Texas . . .

“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 . . .

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

While all of this is going on, it feels like bugs are crawling under your skin.

Blech. I find the details disgusting, but fascinating. You can read more at Morgellons Research Foundation. Apparently, cases have been reported in all fifty states and it may be loosely related to Lyme disease.



  1. It sounded suspicious to me after looking at the site, so I looked it up. Wikipedia reports that most medical researchers believe that the syndrome is actually just delusional parasitosis. Very X-Files, either way.

    Comment by Kevin — May 12, 2006 @ 2:40 pm

  2. 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.

    Gee, I wonder if it’s May Sweeps time.

    Comment by Toly — May 12, 2006 @ 5:48 pm

  3. I think it is a very elaborate hoax preying on people with imaginary diseases or maybe just suffering from fleas and/or mites.

    Comment by Father Joe — May 12, 2006 @ 11:58 pm

  4. This disease/infection/syndrome/parasite is not something new to 2006. It has been reported in medical circles for more than a decade. Cause? Unknown. Cure? Not yet found. Treatment? Varies. As with many illnesses that have no cure, doctors treat the symptoms and strive to give some relief. Some of the affected have had a cessation of all symptoms, for no known reason. Others have had symptoms escelate to fatality – cause of death listed as “Heart Failure.” Some have had symptoms ease to the point of tolerance. Radio program “Coast to Coast” has had physicians on air discussing this phenomenon. There MAY be more information available on their Web Site: coasttocoastam.com If you learn of anyone suffering from this, Please PRAY for them.

    Comment by Nameless — May 22, 2006 @ 5:03 am

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