Chronic Fatigue Claims Could Rise

Evidence is mounting that a group of AIDS-like retroviruses are to blame for chronic fatigue, a debilitating condition marked by loss of energy and other ailments, such as depression, memory or concentration impairment, muscle and joint pain and shortness of breath. As this link becomes more definitive, employers should prepare for a wave of new chronic fatigue diagnoses, and for a big jump in disability costs.

Studies show that as many as 1 million Americans (most working-age adults) have chronic fatigue, though only about one in five has been diagnosed. With no obvious cause for what has been defined as a "syndrome," doctors often don't diagnose it, attributing the symptoms to psychological issues.


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