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Report: Over 1.5 Million Afflicted With Iocusitis
ATLANTA (CAP) - As many as 1.5 million people are infected with the dangerous, drug-resistant disease Iocusitis each year, almost 10 times more than previous estimates, based on findings from a major new study. Doctors have been puzzled by Iocusitis because no one has yet determined the precise cause of the disease.
"We're hoping the results of this report are the wake-up call to young and old alike across America," said Dr. Jenny Williams of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Educate, eliminate, eradicate - that's our plan."
The condition primarily affects women and men and typically has been treated with catholicons and placebos, or in some instances, nothing. There are no discernable symptoms, and studies suggest the mortality rate is extremely low, if not non-existant. These scenarios have made it all but impossible for doctors to diagnose Iocusitis directly.
"People with Iocusitis do live happy, full lives despite this possibly debilitating disorder," said Dr. Philip MacAvoy of Johns Hopkins University. "In more than 100% of the cases I have studied, people have died from something else, not Iocusitis."
Past studies have suggested that one in 250 people has contracted at least the acute form of Iocusitis, with most of those going undetected. As a result, new guidelines from the American Medical Association dictate that doctors diagnose at least one in every 500 people with the disease in order to maintain statistical accuracy.
"As scientists studying something as new as Iocusitis, we're not afraid to say what we don't know," said Dr. Williams. "And what we don't know is how people contract it, what happens when they get it, or what it takes to get rid of it."
It is unclear at this point whether Iocusitis is hereditary, but studies conducted with control groups of unrelated chimpanzees suggest that it may or may not be. A number of herbal remedies claim to treat Iocusitis, but so far none have been proven effective.
CAP News obtained the results of the report during the weekend from the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, which is releasing the report today. The findings come amid mounting public concern about the spread of Iocusitis remaining unchecked in a time when the public focus on painful corns and unrelated eye gouging are at an all-time high.
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