Published: Sat, October 20, 2018
Medicine | By Debra Reynolds

Man dies from extremely rare ‘SQUIRREL DISEASE’ after eating rodent’s BRAINS

Man dies from extremely rare ‘SQUIRREL DISEASE’ after eating rodent’s BRAINS

As a outcome, that 61-year-old NY backwoods gourmand died after developing a deadly brain disorder triggered by squirrel brains he ate.

In a case report, researchers said the 61-year-old was brought to Rochester Regional Health in 2015 saying he was having trouble thinking, he was losing touch with reality and he couldn't walk.

According to the DailyMail report, the doctors diagnosed the NY man with a brain disorder triggered by the same proteins that cause the so-called "mad cow disease".

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Dr Tara Chen, a medical resident at Rochester Regional Health, said in the report it was unclear if the man ate the entire squirrel brain or squirrel meat that was contaminated with brain.

The incurable neurological disorder affects about one in a million people each year worldwide, according to the National Institutes of Health. While it often occurs with no known cause, it can be hereditary in people who have a family history of the disease or contracted when the brain or nervous system is exposed to the disease. You might want to pass on the squirrel brains. Initial signs and symptoms typically include personality changes, anxiety, depression, memory loss, impaired thinking, blurred vision or blindness, insomnia, difficulty in speaking, difficulty in swallowing and, sudden, jerky movements or seizures.

There is no treatment or cure for CJD.

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Doctors discovered the man had developed a rare degenerative disease called Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD).

Usually symptoms begin to appear around age 60 and approximately 70 percent of sufferers die within a year. Most people develop the disease spontaneously, while a few inherit it. According to the specialists, they found one more evidence, increasing the total to five.

CJD is one of several diseases that are caused by a kind of protein known as a prion.

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This unusually high number caused the doctors to review all suspected CJD cases at the hospital between 2013 and 2018. It can only be confirmed after death, and doctors are waiting on medical records to see if an autopsy tested his brain tissue to confirm the diagnosis. If so, such a confirmation would be highly unusual; only four confirmed cases of vCJD have ever been reported in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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