Here is an interesting and disturbing article about “a bizarre and mysterious infection” called Morgellons disease, which is supposedly striking people at random in Texas, Florida, California and elsewhere. WARNING: the article’s description of the symptoms may make your skin crawl! The “disease” is actually rather controversial, and is regarded by many doctors and scientists as the result of serious delusions rather than an actual physiological condition; see the Wikipedia page for more.
Frankly, given the reports of “black and tarry…beads of sweat” and “fibers [that] come out of…hands and fingers,” and images like these (warning: they’re gross!), I don’t understand why doctors have been unable to resolve the debate over whether this condition is “real” or not… either the fibers and such exist, or they don’t, right? Anyway, I don’t claim to know the truth, but I do find the whole thing very interesting. And it promises to get a fair amount of attention, now that Drudge is linking to the aforementioned article.