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Could infections or other illnesses contribute to chronic fatigue syndrome?

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Chronic fatigue syndrome often, but not always, begins with a sudden infectious-like illness (fever, sore throat, aching muscles, upset stomach). Research has found that several different types of infectious agents can trigger the beginning of the illness, including Epstein-Barr virus (a common cause of mononucleosis), Lyme disease bacteria and Q fever bacteria.

From: What is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome? WebMD Medical Reference

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CDC: “Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.”

Office of Women’s Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: “Chronic fatigue syndrome.”

National Health Service (U.K.): “Chronic fatigue syndrome.”

Narita, M. , November 2003. Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications

Sharpe, M. , July 1997. BMJ

Cleare, A. , April 2001. The American Journal of Psychiatry

Genetics Home Reference: “Corticosteroid-binding globulin deficiency.”

Reviewed by Anthony L Komaroff on October 12, 2018

SOURCES:

CDC: “Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.”

Office of Women’s Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: “Chronic fatigue syndrome.”

National Health Service (U.K.): “Chronic fatigue syndrome.”

Narita, M. , November 2003. Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications

Sharpe, M. , July 1997. BMJ

Cleare, A. , April 2001. The American Journal of Psychiatry

Genetics Home Reference: “Corticosteroid-binding globulin deficiency.”

Reviewed by Anthony L Komaroff on October 12, 2018

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