Prevalence of ME/CFS in England – roughly 2 in 1,000 primary care patients ages 18-64

The estimated minimum prevalence rate of ME/CFS was:

• 0.2% [2 cases per 1,000 primary care patients ages 18-64] for cases meeting any of the study case definitions,

• 0.19% for the CDC-1994 definition [1.9 cases per 1,000],

• 0.11% for the Canadian definition [1.1 cases per 1,000]

• And 0.03% for the ECD [0.3 cases per 1,000].

The overall estimated minimal yearly incidence was 0.015% [minimum risk of ME/CFS in a given year, 1.5 cases in 10,000].

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