Doctors in Canada have recorded an outbreak of an infection that causes dementia. On Saturday, June 5, the newspaper reports. The New York Times…
The publication notes that the first cases of the disease with neurological disorders were recorded back in 2015. At the moment, the number of infected people is estimated at about 50 people, and cases of death have also been recorded.
According to experts, only residents of two coastal areas of New Brunswick suffer from an unknown disease.
Symptoms of the disease, as a rule, are progressive dementia and various kinds of psychiatric manifestations. Infected people complain of insomnia, as well as impaired motor and visual functions. The different set of symptoms prevents Canadian doctors from classifying the disease.
Even the autopsies of the deceased did not contribute to the analysis of the infection, which led to the omission of suspicions of prion disease.
Experts have put forward the main theory of infection: it is poisoning with neurotoxins, for example, domoic acid, which is found in several types of algae, shellfish and fish. The disease is currently described as “a neurological syndrome of unknown etiology in New Brunswick.”
Earlier, on May 12, experts from the International Medical Team led by Sherri Chu monitored the influence of severe forms of coronavirus infection on the brain in carriers of the disease, and came to the conclusion that the virus causes disturbances in the nervous system in about half of the patients.