Published: Sat, October 20, 2018
Medical | By Vicki Mclaughlin

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

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

He was also unable to walk on his own.

Apparently, a 61-year-old man contracted the rare and fatal prion disease due to eating squirrel brains.

As reported by the United Kingdom news portal DailyMail, that happened in 2015 at a Rochester hospital where the man went complaining of losing his ability to walk correctly, think, and losing touch with reality.

He was diagnosed with Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease in 2015 'after suffering thinking problems and impaired walking, ' according to the report.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there have only been four confirmed cases of vCJD ever been reported in the US. His family told doctors he enjoyed hunting and had recently eaten squirrel brains - although it's unclear if he ate the whole brain or squirrel meat contaminated with parts of the brain.

Chen didn't treat the patient, but she uncovered the case while writing a report on suspected Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease cases seen at her hospital in the last five years.

Chen presented the report on October 4 at IDWeek, an annual meeting of infectious diseases professionals.

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There are three forms of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) and one form, which includes vCJD, is caused by exposure to infected tissue from the brain or nervous system tissue.

The rare disease most often affects those around 60 years old.

It is a sister disease of CJD, a similar condition which is nearly 100 times more common.

An MRI examination and a test of his cerebrospinal fluid revealed the proteins that usually trigger "mad cow disease".

That's what it's called when it's tied to consumption of contaminated beef, but in this case, doctors suspect a different culprit. According to statistics, mad cow disease in 85 percent of cases, leads to death in a mild form and always heavy. That number is higher than expected based on the population of the Rochester area, which has about 1 million people, said study co-author Dr. John Hanna, also a medical resident at Rochester Regional Health.

In a shocking incident, a man died because of eating a squirrel brain.

There have only been around 200 documented cases of vCJD worldwide, with the majority occurring in the UK. 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. There are about 350 cases in the USA per year.

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