Lake Tahoe Illness Epidemic Information Resources

 

Dr. Paul Cheney (left) and Dr. Daniel Peterson during the Lake Tahoe epidemic in the mid-1980’s.

 

This page lists links to a variety of resources providing information about the Lake Tahoe illness epidemic of the mid-1980’s, including medical journal articles, local news coverage, national news coverage, blog articles, films, books and book chapters.

 

Journal Articles

Holmes GP, Kaplan JE, Stewart JE, Hunt B, Pinsky PF, Schonberger LB. A cluster of patients with chronic mononucleosis syndrome: Is Epstein-Barr virus the cause? JAMA, 257(17), 2297-302, May 1987. PMID: 3033337.
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Caligiuri M, Murray C, Buchwald D, Levine H, Cheney P, Peterson D, Komaroff AL, Ritz J. Phenotypic and functional deficiency of natural killer cells in patients with chronic fatigue syndrome. J Immunol, 139(10), 3306-13; Nov.15, 1987. PMID: 2824604.

Grufferman S. et al. Epidemiologic investigation of an outbreak of chronic fatigue-immune dysfunction syndrome in a defined population. American Journal of Epidemiology, 128(4); 1998.

Cheney PR, Domain SE, Bell DS. Interleukin-2 and the chronic fatigue syndrome. Ann Intern Med 110(4), 321; Feb 15, 1989. PMID: 2783643.

Daugherty SA, Henry BE, Peterson DL, Swarts RL, Bastien S, Thomas RS. Chronic fatigue syndrome in northern Nevada. Rev Infect Dis, 13 Supp 1, S39-44. Jan-Feb 1991. PMID: 1850542

Buchwald D, Cheney PR, Peterson DL, Henry B, Wormsley SB, Geiger A, Ablashi DV, Salahuddin SZ, Saxinger C, Biddle R, Kikinis R, Jolesz FA, Folks T, Balachandran N, Peter JB, Gallo RC, Komaroff AL. A chronic illness characterized by fatigue, neurologic and immunologic disorders, and active human herpesvirus type 6 infection. Annals of Internal Medicine, 116 (2), 103-13. Jan.15, 1992. PMID: 1309285.
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Reeves WC, Pellett PE, Gary H. Letters: The chronic fatigue syndrome controversy. Annals of Internal Medicine, 117 (4), 343. August 15, 1992. PMID: 1322077
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Levine PH, Jacobson S, Pocinki AG, Cheney P, Peterson D, Connelly RR, Weil R, Robinson SM, Ablashi DV, Salahuddin SZ, et al. Clinical, epidemiologic and virologic studies in four clusters of the chronic fatigue syndrome. Arch Intern Med, 152(8), 1611-6; Aug 1992. PMID: 1323246

Levine PH, Peterson D, McNamee FL, O’Brien K, Gridley G, Hagerty M, Brady J, Fears T, Atherton M, Hoover R. Does chronic fatigue syndrome predispose to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma? Cancer Res, 52(19 Suppl), 5516s-5518s, discussion 5518s-5521s; October 1, 1992. PMID: 1394166.
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Chester AC, Levine PH. Concurrent sick building syndrome and chronic fatigue syndrome: Neuromyasthenia revisited. Clinical Infectious Diseases, Vol.8, Supp 1, 543-548. Jan. 1994. PMID: 8148452.
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Buchwald D, Ashley RL, Pearlman T, Kith P, Komaroff AL. Viral serologies in patients with chronic fatigue and chronic fatigue syndrome. J Med Virol, 50(1), 25-30; Sept 1996. PMID: 8890037

Chester AC, Levine PH. The natural history of sick building syndrome and chronic fatigue syndrome. J Psychiatr Res, 31(1), 51-7; Jan-Feb 1997. PMID: 9201647

Levine PH, Fears TR, Cummings P, Hoover RN. Cancer and a fatiguing illness in northern Nevada: A casual hypothesis. Ann Epidemiol., 8(4), 245-9, May 1998. PMID: 9590603

 

Local Coverage

Tahoe World – August 15, 1985

North Lake Tahoe Bonanza – October 11, 1985

Sacramento Bee – October 11, 1985

Sacramento Bee – October 12, 1985

Reno Gazette-Journal – October 16, 1985

Tahoe Daily Tribune – October 16, 1985

North Lake Tahoe Bonanza – October 18, 1985

Tahoe World – October 24, 1985

North Lake Tahoe Bonanza – October 1985

North Lake Tahoe Bonanza – November 22, 1985

Tahoe World – November 28, 1985

North Lake Tahoe Bonanza – December 20, 1985

North Lake Tahoe Bonanza – January 1, 1986

Sacramento Bee – January 1, 1986

North Lake Tahoe Bonanza – February 1986

Sierra Sun – March 6, 1986

North Lake Tahoe Bonanza – March 7, 1986

North Lake Tahoe Bonanza – April 23, 1986

North Lake Tahoe Bonanza – April 1986

Sierra Sun – May 6, 1986

North Lake Tahoe Bonanza – May 9, 1986

Tahoe World – May 29, 1986

Tahoe World – June 19, 1986

Tahoe World – June 26, 1986

North Lake Tahoe Bonanza – July 16, 1986

Tahoe World – August 29, 1986

North Lake Tahoe Bonanza – October 10, 1986

North Lake Tahoe Bonanza – December 31, 1986

North Lake Tahoe Bonanza – January 7, 1987

North Lake Tahoe Bonanza – April 17, 1987

North Lake Tahoe Bonanza – May 6, 1987

Sierra Sun – May 7, 1987

North Lake Tahoe Bonanza – May 20, 1987

North Lake Tahoe Bonanza – August 7, 1987

North Lake Tahoe Bonanza – November 16, 1987

North Lake Tahoe Bonanza – Almanac 1987

Sacramento Bee – November 19, 1990

Sacramento Bee – December 15, 1991

Sacramento Bee – January 12, 1993

Sacramento Bee – August 16, 1993

Sacramento Bee – October 5, 1993

Tahoe World – January 7, 1999

 

National Coverage

Los Angeles Times (1986)

Science (1986)

Hippocrates Magazine (1987)

King Features Syndicate (1987)

The New York Times (1987)

Rolling Stone (1987)

Knight-Ridder Newspapers (1990)

Newsweek (1990)

The New York Times (1990)

Larry King Live (1992)

MacNeil Lehrer (1992)

The Nation (1996)

ABC-TV “PrimeTime Live” (1996)

 

Websites and Blogs

Phoenix Rising (2011)

Virology Blog (2011)

Paradigm Change (2013)

Paradigm Change (2014)

Encyclopedia.com

Osler’s Web

ME-pedia

M.E. Ireland

Surviving Mold

 

Films

“Living Hell” (1993)

“I Remember M.E.” (2000)

“Forgotten Plague” (2015)

“What About M.E.?” (2017)

 

Books

Back from the Edge (Erik Johnson & Lisa Petrison)

Little Red Book (Byron Hyde)

Osler’s Web (Hillary Johnson)

The Role of Toxic Mold in CFS (Erik Johnson)

Thirty Years of Disdain (Mary Dimmock & Matthew Lazell-Fairman)

Thirty Years of Disdain – Longer Version (Mary Dimmock and Matthew Lazell-Fairman)

 

Book Chapters

Desperation Medicine, Chapter 23 (Ritchie Shoemaker)

Mold Warriors, Chapter 23 (Ritchie Shoemaker & Erik Johnson)

Surviving Mold, Chapter 17 (Ritchie Shoemaker & Erik Johnson)

 

 

Information on this website is presented by Paradigm Change. Links are in orange (no underlining).