During the Q&A session at the XMRV Conference this week, Dr John Mellor, Chief, Division of Infectious Diseases Director, HIV/AIDS Program, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Made a confusing statement regards XMRV, he made the suggestion that XMRV could be a microepidemic being transferred parenterally, his statement from the conference is as follows....... I read that a CFS sufferer wanted further explanation about what Dr Mellor meant and so wrote him an email, his reply i've seen posted on a few forums, is as follows..... ____________________________________________________________________________ As a physician investigator I try to keep an open mind to possibilities for why XMRV is being detected in some patients with CFS but not others. One possible "far out" explanation, for which I nor anyone else has data yet to support [bold in original], is that a product is being injected or infused into some patients that is contaminated with or derived from mouse cells containing XMRV or MLVs. There are unregulated products without quality controls being advertised and some of these may be used by patients with CFS who are desperate for relief from their symptoms. There have been several well documented instances of contamination of vaccines and medical products with transmissable agents, despite regulation and quality control procedures in place. So, the potential for this occuring with unregulated/uncontrolled products is real and should be considered. John John W. Mellors, M.D. Professor of Medicine Chief, Division of Infectious Diseases University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine _______________________________________________________________________ I personally feel insulted by Dr Mellor and feel he has insulted the CFS community. He is suggesting that people in the UK who have CFS, are injecting or being infused behind closed doors, In the UK it is VERY hard to use unregulated products without quality controls, Maybe he should come and live in the UK and see how hard it is to get drugs. We are ill....we have not injected XMRV into our bodies.