After two years of ineffective diagnoses and treatments, Mandrell’s husband, John Haywood, was diagnosed via the proposed defining criteria of Morgellons disease developed by the MRF.
According to the article, the CDC is taking Morgellons seriously:
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is also now conducting an epidemiological investigation of the illness.
Kaiser Permanente, in California's Bay area, began a study on Morgellons last year.
Joni Mitchell has Morgellon's as well. Helpful information can be found at Joni Mitchell.com. An article detailing Joni's own struggle with Morgellons can be found here.
Some media attention has been given to Morgellons, but not nearly enough. People still go "huh?" if you bring it up, and the media has virtually ignored this story, even with its occasional items on this story. Doctors and other health workers either ignore Mogellons, considering it a conspiracy wacko thing and don't look for Morgellons as a cause, or don't know about it at all. This despite the Kaiser study and the CDC's investigation.
Meanwhile, swine flu gets all the attention. Not just in the U.S. but worldwide; we're in a pandemic, after all. Talk of turning schools into swine flu vaccine centers is the latest buzz.