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Published on Apr 23, 2009
In May 2006, a CBS news segment on Morgellons aired in Southern California, The same day the Los Angeles County Department of Health services issued a statement saying, "No credible medical or public health association has verified the existence or diagnosis of 'Morgellons Disease'," and "at this time there is no reason for individuals to panic over unsubstantiated reports of this disease." In June and July 2006 there were segments on CNN, ABC's Good Morning America, and NBC's The Today Show. In August 2006, a segment of the ABC show Medical Mysteries was devoted to the subject. The disease was featured on ABC's Nightline on January 16, 2008, and as the cover story of the January 20, 2008 issue of the Washington Post Magazine.
The first article to propose Morgellons as a new disease in a scientific journal was a review article co-authored by members of the MRF and published in 2006 by the American Journal of Clinical Dermatology. An article in the San Francisco Chronicle reported, "There have been no clinical studies" (of Morgellons disease). A New Scientist article in 2007 also covered the phenomenon noting that people are reporting similar symptoms in Europe and Australia.