A man died after developing a rare and deadly infectious disease from eating squirrels – a deadly disease compared to mad cow disease.
The 61-year-old New Yorker was brought to the hospital for trouble thinking, lost touch with reality and he could not walk alone, according to a case report that was submitted to a forum for infectious diseases last week.
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The patient's family told doctors that he was an avid hunter who had recently eaten squirrel brains.
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She came across the case of 2015 when she prepared a report of illnesses in her hospital over a five-year period, which she posted on October 4 IDWeek – an annual meeting of infectious disease professionals.
Symptoms of CJD usu begin around the age of 60 and include depression, anxiety, memory loss, personality changes, impaired thinking, dysphagia, and speech difficulties.
Mental decay is rapid, usually within a few months after consumption of the contaminated meat. 19659014] Many sufferers go into a coma and about 70 percent die within a year. There is no treatment or cure for the disease.
Rochester Regional Health physicians who wrote the report found that they were shocked when four of the exceptionally rare cases of CJD were presented between November 2017 and April 2018.