At least 48 people of a small province in Canada suffered at the same time from a very strange one ‘brain syndrome’ with a mix of symptoms common to all: insomnia, semi paralysis of the limbs, hallucinations. A phenomenon so curious and bizarre as to leave neurologists and psychiatrists perplexed and which is making the most disparate and unlikely theories flourish, from the inevitable harmful effects of cell phone boosters (the infamous 5G) to anti Covid vaccines.
The story is shaking the province of New Brunswick, a picturesque area overlooking the Atlantic that has 770,000 inhabitants and which in the last six years has seen dozens of people fall into this mysterious ‘syndrome’ with at least 6 confirmed deaths.
“People are afraid,” says Yvon Godin, Mayor of Bertrand, a municipality in the Acadia peninsula where the ‘syndrome’ has affected several people. “Everyone is wondering what it is. Is it the fault of some kind of pollution? Is it a genetic question? Does it come from fish, from meat? Everyone is looking for answers ”.
The Covid epidemic has distracted public opinion from the story which, even if now dated a few years, was formalized only last March thanks to an official document from a New Brunswick doctor that ended up on the table of a couple of local newspapers.
Doctors are trying to understand but at the moment there are no keys to reading effective. In particular, it is very difficult to find the key to a problem that, at least this has been ascertained, is certainly cerebral.
Symptoms are a fast and progressive dementia, with difficulty concentrating, reasoning, speech, memory loss. Then there are muscle spasms, atrophy, even very vivid hallucinations. 55% of cases are women, 49% men and the age ranges from 18 to 85 years.
Last week, the authorities opened an entire ward at Moncton hospital dedicated exclusively to patients with this syndrome (which does not yet have a name), a department specializing in neurodegenerative diseases. The fact remains that the phenomenon is confined to this unique Canadian region but scientists are worried. Some have thought of a ‘variant’ of Creutzfeldt-Jakob, but there are too many differences with this syndrome and the hypothesis has been discarded.
“The discovery of a potentially new and unknown syndrome is frightening,” said the health minister. Dorothy Shephard, adding: “I know New Brunswick residents are worried and confused about this potential neurological syndrome”.