Myalgic Encephalomyelitis

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament at 5:51 pm on 23rd January 2002.

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Photo of Linda Fabiani Linda Fabiani Scottish National Party 5:51 pm, 23rd January 2002

Is the minister aware of tests that have been carried out in the United States of America and Europe? DNA testing has identified the presence of bacteria in the cells of ME sufferers—those bacteria are difficult to find. That seems to detract from the idea that ME is psychological and psychosomatic. Is the minister willing to examine that research with a view to having similar research carried out in Scotland to try—once and for all—to negate the myth that ME is a psychologically caused disease and to find out whether there is a physical cause?