Mysterious Brain Disease Spreads Among Young Canadians

Mysterious brain disease first appeared in Canada in 2019.

REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, JAKARTA – Doctors in Canada still have not found a bright spot regarding mysterious brain disease which first appeared in 2019. In addition to finding a tendency that this disease affects young people, those who treat patients are also reported to be infected and have similar symptoms.

The disease has caused confusion and fear among health officials, particularly in the affected area of ​​New Brunswick. Symptoms noted by health care workers included memory problems, muscle spasms, balance problems, difficulty walking or falling, hallucinations, unexplained weight loss, and pain in the limbs.

This disease is similar to Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD), a rare and fatal brain disease. One form is known as mad cow disease or mad cow disease.

To Guardianofficers of the Vitalité Health Network, one of the two provincial health authorities, said the disease develops in young people. This fact is quite surprising, because young people are usually not at risk of developing neurodegenerative diseases.

“I am really concerned about this case because the disease seems to be progressing very quickly. I am concerned for their condition, and we still owe them an explanation,” explained the unnamed employee, as reported by the news agency. SunWednesday (5/1/2022).

Reported case reports of the disease include a young mother who lost about 25.4 kilograms and developed insomnia and hallucinations. The woman in her 30s lost the ability to speak, drooled a lot and is now being fed through a tube.

Her nurse, a nursing student in her 20s, had recently started showing symptoms of the same illness. In another puzzling case, a woman suddenly began to lose muscle mass and developed dementia and hallucination after treating her husband, a patient suspected of having balance and speech difficulties.

About 48 cases have been confirmed by Public Health New Brunswick (NBPH), a figure that has not changed in two years. But there are thought to be around 150 other unconfirmed cases.

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