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Long Covid has added strain to support services for those suffering from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, amid calls for the condition to be classified as a disability.

A petition to reclassify myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) as a disability was read in Parliament today.

The disease, which can be triggered by a viral infection, has a life long impact on those who are affected, but getting help can be difficult as it is not considered a disability by Work and Income.

Fiona Charlton was diagnosed with CFS in 2008 – and is also the president of Complex Chronic Illness Support and the Associated New Zealand ME Society.

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