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Letter to the CFSAC Chair from the Assistant Secretary for Health

May 1, 2013


Gailen Marshall Jr., MD, PhD
Chair, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Advisory Committee Professor and
Chair Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics
The University of Mississippi Medical Center
2300 North State Street, N416
Jackson, MS 39216-4505


Dear Dr. Marshall:

I have received the recommendations developed by the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Advisory Committee (CFSAC) during its October 3-4, 2012, meeting. The advice and counsel provided by CFSAC serves as a valuable resource in the Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) efforts to properly address the issues and concerns pertaining to myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS).

The Designated Federal Officer, Dr. Nancy Lee, has worked collaboratively with the relevant HHS agencies to provide responses to the recommendations developed at the October meeting. The enclosed document contains information about activities currently undertaken by HHS to work with public health experts and members of the ME/CFS community to increase knowledge and provide a better understanding of this debilitating health condition. I have shared the responses to the committee's recommendations with Secretary Sebelius.

I commend you and your committee members for the important work you do.

Sincerely yours,

/Howard K. Koh/

Howard K. Koh, M.D., M.P.H. Assistant Secretary for Health