Morgellons Disease Pictures and Story

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced today that it is launching a study to learn about an unexplained condition that causes people to feel as if they have foreign substances growing from their bodies.

People with the condition, referred to as Morgellons disease, say they have fibers and other inorganic material growing out of their skin.

“We earnestly want to learn more about this unexplained illness, which affects the lives of those who suffer from it,” said Dr. Michele Pearson, principal investigator leading the study for the CDC, in a press release. “Those who suffer have questions, and we want to help them.”

“We have a team of epidemiologists, laboratorians and pathologists to carry out the study,” Pearson said.

The study will be conducted in conjunction with Kaiser Permanente’s Northern California Division of Research. For more information, CLICK HERE to visit the CDC’s Unexplained Dermopathy Web site.

In 2006, a number of Morgellons sufferers told ABC News in interviews that when they consulted doctors, they received diagnoses they called wrong or dismissive. Brandi Koch, the wife of former Major League Baseball player Billy Koch, said that she felt as if she were living in a horror movie, claiming she had colored fibers coming out of her skin.

Koch, of Clearwater Beach, Fla., said that her life was good until one day in the shower when she noticed something strange — tiny fibers running through her skin.

“The fibers look like hair, and they’re different colors,” Koch said.

Koch said she knows that what she experienced “sounds crazy,” but it’s true. “If I had a family member call me up and say, ‘I have this stuff,’ I’d say, ‘I’m sending a straitjacket over. You need some help,'” she said.

Anne Dill described a similar condition. Looking at Dill’s life in Florida, she seemed to be living the American dream — her three daughters excelled in sports and were straight-A students.

But life in the Dill household was far from idyllic. Anne’s 40-year-old husband, Tom, died in January 2006, and she believes his death was due to a contagious illness that has infected her entire family.

Dill described her family’s skin: “There’s this fibrous material. It’s in layers.” Dill said the skin on their hands was particularly bad, very swollen and itchy, and said it felt as if bugs were crawling underneath the skin.

Consulting Doctors


Dr. Greg Smith of Gainesville, Ga., has been a pediatrician for the past 30 years. He claimed that a fiber was coming out of his big toe, and he had video footage to prove it.

“It felt like somebody stuck a pin in my toe and wiggled it, and it just continued to hurt,” Smith told ABC News in 2006.

He said he never thought he had bugs. “I’ve certainly had those crawling sensations, and the fibers which come out of the skin are really bizarre, and really odd.”

Smith was handed over to a hospital psychiatrist when he went to the emergency room complaining of a fiber in his eye. He admits that he, too, would be skeptical if a patient came to him with the same story.

“I would wonder if they’d taken their medicine that day. It makes no sense. It’s totally bizarre. It’s something that — just telling the story is so outlandish on the face of it — that no one would believe it,” Smith said. Dill’s doctor told her to stop scratching, even though many of her sores were in places she could not reach.

Koch went to the Mayo Clinic, where doctors didn’t believe that the fibers she’d brought them had grown from her body.

“I saw the infectious disease doctor, and I showed him some samples that I had and he snickered,” she said. “I can’t go through another doctor blowing me off or looking at me like I’m crazy. I know I’m not.”

Dr. Vincent DeLeo, chief of dermatology at New York’s St. Lukes-Roosevelt Medical Center, weighed in on what he’d say to someone who came to him with this condition. “I don’t think this is any different than many patients I’ve seen who have excoriations and believe that there is something in their skin causing this,” he told ABC News in 2006.

DeLeo said the open lesions were most likely a result of scratching the skin.

Relying on Your Own Research

But biologist Mary Leitao refused to accept the medical skepticism surrounding Morgellons.

Leitao’s son, Drew, was just 2 years old when Leitao noticed an odd sore on his lip that would not heal.

“He very simply said ‘bugs,’ and he pointed to his lips,” said Leitao.

Leitao never expected to find herself at the center of a medical storm. But when her son complained about the strange sore, the biologist, who once ran the electron microscope at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, did what any scientist would do. She took a closer look.

“What I saw were bundles of fibers, *** of fibers,” Leitao says. “There was red and blue.” Even stranger, they glowed under ultraviolet light.

Armed with research, Leitao took her son to a doctor at one of the country’s leading hospitals. He dismissed her tale of fibers and wrote to her pediatrician, saying that her son needed Vaseline for his lips and that his mother needed a thorough psychiatric evaluation.

Undaunted, Leitao began poring through medical literature looking for clues. What she discovered was a 17th-century reference to a strange disease with “harsh hairs” called “Morgellons.”

She named the strange fibers Morgellons disease and put the information on a Web site, Morgellons.org. At the time of her interview in 2006, more than 4,500 people had contacted Leitao, claiming they had Morgellons-type symptoms. The name stuck, and the disease was featured on the television show “ER.”

But do these fibers grow from inside the body, as Morgellons patients believe, or do they come from the external environment — a kind of lint — as the medical skeptics say?

Searching for an Answer

Forensic scientist Ron Pogue at the Tulsa Police Crime Lab in Oklahoma checked a Morgellons sample against known fibers in the FBI’s national database. “No, no match at all. So this is some strange stuff,” Pogue said in 2006. He thought the skeptics were wrong. “This isn’t lint. This is not a commercial fiber. It’s not.”

The lab’s director, Mark Boese, said the fibers are “consistent with something that the body may be producing.” He added that, “These fibers cannot be manmade and do not come from a plant. This could be a byproduct of a biological organism.”

Dill said she looks at pictures of her family and finds them unrecognizable. “My kids have to see not only their dad but their mom disintegrating, and that’s gotta be really scary.”

While they wait for evidence that they hope will convince the medical community to take them seriously, some Morgellon’s sufferers wear pink bracelets that say, simply, “Fortitude.”

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Image sequence 1 of Morgellons patient. Note the ink outline
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Image sequence 3 of Morgellons patient. Zooming in on outline area.
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Image sequence 6 of Morgellons patient. Outline area magnified 10x – note ink line at right.
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Image sequence 7 of Morgellons patient. Outline area magnified 60x – note ink line still present.
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Image sequence 8 of Morgellons patient. Outline area magnified 60x.
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Image sequence 9 of Morgellons patient. Outline area magnified 60x – note hair in foreground.
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Image sequence 10 of Morgellons patient. Outline area magnified 80x.
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Lip of 3-year-old male at 10x showing fibers embedded in skin.
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Fibers removed from same lip lesions shown at 60x.
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Heel of 3-year-old male at 10x showing lesions with associated fibers.
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Same heel lesions on 3-year-old male showing fibers at 60x.
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Same heel lesions on 3-year-old male showing fibers at 60x.

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  2. In response to SPerry’s post: Yup. Makes sense. I’ve done a lot of research into the pesticide issue, and it is a FACT that genetically modified nematodes and other bio-technically engineered pesticides have been in use in this country for quite some time.

    Here’s a freaky concept: BT COTTON. In order to keep the pests off of the cotton, the nematode that is poisonous to insects which destroy the cotton were genetically modified and actually assimilated into the BT cotton plant itself! So here we have a cotton “plant” that is actually part poisonous nematode. No kidding. This stuff is not science fiction anymore, folks. It’s happening.

    I, too, had all kinds of moral dilemmas with the idea of anyone getting infected from my stuff. Or from the place I used to live. I destroyed everything I could, and it took effort. Unfortunately, I couldn’t burn down the building I rented a place in, but I made such a fuss with the department of health that they finally had inspectors in who found black mold, which is enough to justify a lot of my symptoms.

    The toxic mold was the only justification I ever got for what I was experiencing. People can look it up online, it’s visible, the CDC admits it can cause severe damage, Doctors know about it, so therefore, I FINALLY had something to validate me. I have given up trying to explain the rest of it to anyone. I never mention morgellons, or any of this stuff to anyone I know. It just isn’t worth it.

    But I know what I went through was something more than organic. I just KNOW. I wasn’t hallucinating, or having phantom feelings or whatever the hell people want to say. I don’t assume to know WHAT it is, but I think who’s REALLY crazy are the people who assume to know what it ISNT. People can bury their heads in the sand all they want, but even that sand has radioactive residue and Lord knows what else in it.

    I don’t think we all have the same thing. I think there have been so many batches of scary stuff thrown out of labs for so long in so many places, not even the scientists creating this stuff knew what the long term consequences would be.

    I don’t think we can expect the government or the armed forces or any biotech company to release a statement about any of this any time soon. Certainly not while we can be called crazy so easily 🙂

    That’s why we have to help each other.

    Oh, and yeah, I was bit by a black widow spider less than a year before this started. From what I understand, brown recluse are much worse.

  3. In response to SPerry’s post: Yup. Makes sense. I’ve done a lot of research into the pesticide issue, and it is a FACT that genetically modified nematodes and other bio-technically engineered pesticides have been in use in this country for quite some time.

    Here’s a freaky concept: BT COTTON. In order to keep the pests off of the cotton, the nematode that is poisonous to insects which destroy the cotton were genetically modified and actually assimilated into the BT cotton plant itself! So here we have a cotton “plant” that is actually part poisonous nematode. No kidding. This stuff is not science fiction anymore, folks. It’s happening.

    I, too, had all kinds of moral dilemmas with the idea of anyone getting infected from my stuff. Or from the place I used to live. I destroyed everything I could, and it took effort. Unfortunately, I couldn’t burn down the building I rented a place in, but I made such a fuss with the department of health that they finally had inspectors in who found black mold, which is enough to justify a lot of my symptoms.

    The toxic mold was the only justification I ever got for what I was experiencing. People can look it up online, it’s visible, the CDC admits it can cause severe damage, Doctors know about it, so therefore, I FINALLY had something to validate me. I have given up trying to explain the rest of it to anyone. I never mention morgellons, or any of this stuff to anyone I know. It just isn’t worth it.

    But I know what I went through was something more than organic. I just KNOW. I wasn’t hallucinating, or having phantom feelings or whatever the hell people want to say. I don’t assume to know WHAT it is, but I think who’s REALLY crazy are the people who assume to know what it ISNT. People can bury their heads in the sand all they want, but even that sand has radioactive residue and Lord knows what else in it.

    I don’t think we all have the same thing. I think there have been so many batches of scary stuff thrown out of labs for so long in so many places, not even the scientists creating this stuff knew what the long term consequences would be.

    I don’t think we can expect the government or the armed forces or any biotech company to release a statement about any of this any time soon. Certainly not while we can be called crazy so easily 🙂

    That’s why we have to help each other.

    Oh, and yeah, I was bit by a black widow spider less than a year before this started. From what I understand, brown recluse are much worse.

    I think there are a number of things responsible for a number of symptoms, and as I have said, the

  4. http://911liarsexposed.blogspot.com/2008/08/agrobacterium-morgellons-disease-gm.html This will tell you what it is you do have and how you became infected. What tx works: 2 tabs oregano oil, 2 tabs pomegrante twice a day, (silver biotics 2 teasp twice a day, para rid 1 tablespoon daily, para sweep 1 tablespoon daily these were purchaced at GNC)I am a nurse and so is my sister who is infected. We reasearched everything…so far morgellons has not reappeared. I have nothing to gain by this, but we will all need to be as heavily armed as possible to treat ourselves. Read the blog I included, check out web pages for Professor Vitaly Citovsky/biochemest &cell biology @ Stony Brook University in N.Y.

  5. One more thing. The year before all this happened, I was bitten by a brown recluse spider. I had to have part of my muscle surgically removed and the incision packed each day for a week. Just trying to find a common thread.

  6. Like Naomi and SPerry above, I also lost everything to this illness. I still don’t think anyone has gotten my diagnosis right, and I don’t acknowledge to anyone anymore that there is a problem. Following the advice of a doctor, we had our home inspected and found 19 different types of toxic mold in Dayton, Texas. I lost husband, home, and almost my mind. This started for me in Dec 2006 as what we thought was scabies. I worked as an accountant in nursing homes, so it wasn’t hard to believe that I could get exposed. 2 treatments within 2 months, and the itching, crawling feeling still would not go away. Thats when I remembered how good Tea Tree shampoo felt in my tub years before when I was pregnant. This time it resulted in what the doctors called 2nd and 3rd degree burns down the backs of my legs and across my abdomen. What it felt like was a million ants moving just under the skin. I still have the scars and they are web shaped. The hair that I lost on my head (had silver-dollar size places completely smooth) has grown back, but I still have a mixture of textures, prickly acne where my hair touches my face, and get nodules that last for days on my neck and head that eventually ooze and burst.

    For all you doctors who say that these wounds are self-inflicted – up until this started in Dec 2006, I had 20-20 vision. I had to start wearing reading glasses almost immediately. Two days ago, I went to have my eyes checked. I’m 44 years old and have cataracts now! This is a slow painful death. I’ve been told it’s all in my head, that I am just looking for attention, that I just want to be sick. I have gone to dermatologists that will not even examine me a second time.

    Due to losing everything, I moved to Iowa and I have to say, I’ve done much better in the cold.

    I sure wish that I could have found this site when this all started for me. Maybe I would still have my husband, whom I loved dearly, but he just couldn’t deal with this condition.

  7. I wanted to make a few statements. I do not have Morgellons, just so you know, but I’ve taken an interest in it. I read the wikipedia listing for Morgellons, and I’ve read similar unsympathetic sources elsewhere.

    I’ve lived most of my life in the Ozarks of North Arkansas. I’ve been exposed to just about every possible natural itching agent known to man. Poison Ivy, poison oak, poison sumac, etc. all grows rampant here. I’ve had it all. I’ve had chiggers every year of my life for near 40 years. I’ve had every form of tick known to man, and had them in every imaginable place. In college I had a diagnosed case of scabbies (horrible, horrible condition). I’ve had body lice, head lice, etc.

    All these things and more. I’ve worked with insulation, worked in saw mills, worked around high powered electrical lines. I worked in the deep woods for more than a decade. With all the wounds, all the infections, all the itches and scratches I HAVE NEVER HAD ANY SORT OF FIBERS UNDER MY SKIN, NOR PROTRUDING FROM MY SKIN!

    Listen, my number one cure for chiggers? Carpet burns. I lay on the floor, get my ankle situated in the perfect angle, then let it rip across the carpet so that the friction burns off the portion of infected skin. Me and my two brother have been doing this for decades. It sounds idiotic, but only to those who have never had chiggers. Listen, I tell you, I HAVE NEVER HAD CARPET FIBERS GET MIXED IN WITH MY SKIN! NEVER!

    So, you see? If these people have fibers under their skin it is from some sort of infection I cannot conceive of. It is not possible that these people are simple getting fibers from their clothing. Okay, I concede, maybe 1% or 2% of the cases, but no way this many people. There is something new going on. Something bizarre and deeply concerning. All who suffer from this affliction take hope, be strong, keeping talking and sharing and taking photographs. Keep hounding the press and the medical “doctors” (should I say undoctors?).

    Morgellons is simply one of the initial new infestations to come. Let us keep our eyes open for more to come. A storm is coming.

  8. Sorry about the cut-off!

    TOO slow?? As I said, I don’t want to hastily come off sounding like a conspiracy theorist, but this is beginning to make some sense to me. (Now if anything happens to me in the near future, heh-heh…..) All kidding aside, does this explanation in any way relate to ANYTHING any of you have heard so far?

    Naomi, as I said, when I read your posting I felt such a positive wash of emotion that I couldn’t help responding with my post here. I too have spent so many hours obsessing and scrubbing and crying and worrying that it’s almost done me in. Despite my family’s support and reassurances that I am a sane, intelligent person, I can’t help but question my abilities to rationalize this situation and get through it day by day. I was so, so fortunate to be able to do what I did, just leaving everything behind and starting anew. Well, I say “anew”. We still haven’t been able to replace all the things we got rid of. I felt so horrible about the car. This is what happened: We called the dealership, which happened to be a buy-here pay-here dealership, and spoke with the owner. We explained what had happened, and asked what could be done about A: Destroying the car, and B: Putting us in another car. (The place was Car Corner in Acworth, Ga. by the way.) We were so disappointed and angry to learn that the owner would not in any way do anything to accomplish either of those things. We had to let the car be repossessed, as our finances wouldn’t allow us to keep that car and get another. We thought about just destroying it ourselves, but the legal ramifications stopped us. It tore at our consciences knowing that some other unknowing family would eventually end up with that car. It still does. I don’t imagine most families could do what we did, uprooting ourselves and losing our possessions. We were so blessed. The very month that we decided to do that, God blessed my husband with a high-paying second job, which in one month covered the cost of breaking our lease, a down-payment on another car, buying the essentials such as beds, some clothes, etc. Had it not been for the blessing of that second job, I shudder to think what shape we’d be in now, health-wise. It was being able to do that that saved us. I remained deathly ill for almost a year after we left that apartment behind. I’ve recovered most of the way, but due to my Lupus, the Morgellons illness still affects me more than it does the rest of my family.

    As Naomi said, this horrific illness affects each host differently, making it that much more difficult for researchers and doctors to get a good bead on how to treat it. What helps one may not help another. It is the support of our loved ones that helps the most at this point, if you are blessed enough to have loved ones with an “evolved mind”, who are willing to validate your condition. God, it’s my prayer that every sufferer will have that. This is such a cruel situation, causing such self-doubt, causing rifts between families and friends, preying on our minds every second of every day. As much as I try not to focus on it, trying to keep the ‘ignorance is bliss’ frame of mind, it just gets to me sometimes, as I’m sure it does all of you. The more information we can share with one another, no matter how trivial we think it is, the more helpful it is. Even if your story only reaches one other person and touches their heart, it’s worth a little embarrassment. That’s my opinion, anyway. Again, my prayers are with all of you fellow survivors. Happy holidays to everyone and your families!

  9. Naomi,

    Season’s greetings to you! It was so wonderful to read your posting. I didn’t include this in my post above, but I did almost the very thing you did. I moved, taking with me only my most precious belongings (wedding album, pics of my children,etc.). My husband and I threw out every article of clothing, bedding, furniture, – everything we owned. Even our car. Which leads me to tell what I found out from a doctor friend of the family. I’m a little hesitant to even mention it, as it makes me sound like a conspiracy theorist. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but when you really think about it, you realize that if there really is some kind of conspiracy cover-up happening, your very life could be endangered if you’ve stumbled onto the truth and expose it. That said, I mentioned above that my teeth are disintegrating. Rapidly. I have been seeing the same dentist since I was six. He’s a friend of my family, and he happens to know someone at the CDC. A “higher-up”. I won’t mention a name, as I’ve been asked to maintain his anonymity (I realize this affects credibility, but this cannot be helped). My story begins this way: My husband and I bought a used car, which we learned via Carfax had come from an auction in Florida. About the third day we had the car, I noticed that when I got into it, I got the sensation in my feet that there were swarms of ants on my feet, crawling and stinging. I’d take my shoes and socks off, and there’d be little black specks in between my toes. Lots of them. Over the next few days, that sensation spread up my legs, and my hands and face began stinging as well. Inside our apartment, I began to notice changes too. My husband, daughter and I felt run-down, and our eyes and sinuses were irritated. As the days and weeks passed, summer arrived, and we noticed that we had the beginnings of a flea problem, even though our two jack russell terriers are indoor dogs. I bought two flea-bombs, covered our furniture, and we took the dogs out riding in the car while the pesticide fumigated the apartment. Our dogs whined the entire ride, not typical for them. When we arrived back home, we immediately realized that something wasn’t right. We started itching, with all of us feeling like there were little bugs hopping up our calves from the floor. I set about scrubbing our entire place down at once. It was from this point that my above-mentioned story began. My daughter and I felt and saw the tiny, black worm-like threads quickly popping in and out of our fingertips and toes. After a couple of days of cleaning, constantly scrubbing ourselves until our skin practically CAME OFF, we called a carpet-cleaning company who also did air-duct sterilization. The process was called a ‘Biowash’. The company owner told me that what I was describing sounded like a biohazardous situation, that our family needed to vacate the home immediately, and that IF they could get any of their employees to handle the situation, they’d have to come out with biohazard suits on, the works. Needless to say, we were scared out of our minds. We took our dogs, packed a few clothes, and left. We spent weeks moving from one extended-stay hotel to the next. The reason for that being that wherever we went, our symptoms followed. I was affected moreso than any of our family because of my existing autoimmune disease, Systemic Lupus. I could walk up to a countertop or sink and just watch as black fibers appeared out of thin air and covered the surfaces. I spent hours and hours slathering hand sanitizer all over myself, and rolling my clothes off with a lint roller, obsessing over what I saw. And I was vomiting continuously. My mother wondered if what was happening might have been something from our dogs. As much as I wanted to adamantly deny that, I went to our veterinarian and talked with her, asking tons of questions and describing in detail our symptoms. She said that she’d never in all her years of practice seen or heard of anything like this in an animal or its owner. BUT SHE HAD SEEN A SEGMENT ON A NEWS SHOW (I think it was 20/20? I can’t remember off the top of my head) WHERE A WOMAN DESCRIBED FIBERS COMING OUT OF HER SKIN!! This is where my Morgellons quest began. When I noticed that my teeth had begun to erode, I wondered, “Could this possibly be related to Morgellons?”. Cue the dentist. I told him what horrors we were experiencing, with the confidence that he wouldn’t think I was losing my mind, as he’d known me since childhood. He took notes, and called his friend at the CDC. This is what was relayed to me:

    At that time, there were only a precious few scientists/doctors at the CDC investigating Morgellons. What he had heard was that it appeared to have originated in the ‘glades in Fla. and in the marshy areas of California. At that time there were suspicions that bacteria or fungi had spawned from these areas, and when these areas were treated with pesticides to keep down insects, these bacteria and/or fungi reacted with the chemicals and possibly mutated, causing a strange, unknown organism to develop. People who came and went through these areas had picked up the bacteria/fungus and taken it with them, thus spreading it wherever they went.

    This info. validated my theories that A: Our infection had come from our car (from FLORIDA as I mentioned earlier) and B: Our flea-bomb pesticide caused the radical spread inside our home. My question is, who was responsible for the pesticide treatments in these areas? I’m not too familiar with how each state handles getting things like that done. Is it government? I would think so, wouldn’t you? Could this be why research seems to be going just a LEEETLE bit TOO

    • For some time I have stated what I believe to be a major component of morgellons disease- a bactaerial infection called actinomycosis. Actinomycosis infection can occur in the mouth, abdomen, skin, breast and virtually anywhere in the body.

      One type of Actinomycosis infection causes loose teeth or infected teeth. Previously one type, Actinomyces Bovis, was found in dogs, but one study published in 2000 isolated this same species in humans.

      Here are two links (of many references available) that will give you more information:

      http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC87393/

      http://www.gopetsamerica.com/dog-health/actinomycosis.aspx

      This infection in the mouth would require, among other things, high dose and long term antibiotic medication and care of a dentist. Personally, I do not think any of us acquired morgi from our pets. If you’ve read my other posts, you would see that I attribute Morgi disease to our previous leader: “W”

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