About this Research Topic
In this Research Topic, we aim to take the pulse of the current understanding of these complex post-infection fatigue syndromes, including ME/CFS, Gulf War Illness, and other related illnesses. We are particularly interested in providing a platform of discussion on the underlying pathophysiological mechanisms in order to assess the accuracy of current diagnostic tools and success of available treatments. The ultimate goal is to provide a possible estimation of the true burden of these symptoms across populations and their societal and economic impact.
We are inviting researchers across different disciplines of science to contribute with primary research papers, opinion papers, reviews, or systematic reviews related to epidemiology, pathophysiological mechanisms, immunity, diagnosis and treatment, and health economics of these complex post-infection syndromes, including ME/CFS. In particular, we invite critical reviews and discussions of the respective case definitions as a way to improve diagnosis and subsequent treatments. To obtain a broad view of this research topic, we are strongly encouraging primary research from endemic countries of different tropical pathogens - Ebola virus, Chikungunya virus, Dengue virus, and others - with the potential of causing ME/CFS-like symptoms.
Keywords: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Epidemiology, Pathology, Treatment and Diagnosis, Social and Economic Impact
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