Doctors in Canada are facing an increasing number of patients whose symptoms are similar to Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, which is a rare disease that attacks the brain and usually leads to death within a few years.
However, when they examine the patients in more detail, they are confused because these patients have tested negative for most known brain diseases.
About two years ago, Roger Ellis of Canada suffered a seizure and fainted on the occasion of his 40th wedding anniversary. Ellis was in his sixties and was still in good health. He retired after decades of working in industrial machinery. After that episode, his health suddenly began to decline.
“He began to hallucinate, lost weight, and became aggressive. One point he could not walk. Within three months, he was hospitalized and the doctor told us that he was going to die, but now they don’t know why.” Ellis said.
The doctor initially thought it was about Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD). The disease is a human viral disease. Bovine spongiform encephalopathy (mad cow disease) is a variant form of the disease. Symptoms of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease include dementia, muscle contraction, behavior changes, coordination difficulties, and other damage to the nervous system, and death occurs within one to two years.
CJD also belongs to a broader category of brain diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and ALS.
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“The first thing I thought about-the same as my father,” Steve Ellis said.
University Hospital Center neurologist Dr. Alier Marrero Georges-L-Dumont of Moncton said that doctors first encountered these symptoms in 2015, but then regarded them as “isolated and atypical cases.”
But since then, there have been more patients with these symptoms, which is enough to say that this is not an isolated incident, but the “unknown syndrome” so far.
Roger Ellis, an expert from New Brunswick, Canada, said that they are currently monitoring 48 patients with mysterious symptoms. Among these patients, there are an equal number of men and women between the ages of 18 and 85. So far, six people have died of this disease.
Since 2018, most patients have only recently begun to show symptoms of this unknown disease, although doctors believe that this was also recorded in 2013.
Symptoms vary and vary from patient to patient. First, behavioral changes such as anxiety, depression, and irritability occur, as well as unexplained pain, muscle aches, and cramps.
Patients often have trouble sleeping and memory impairment. There may also be problems with communication skills, such as stuttering, repetition, or incorrect pronunciation of words.
Symptoms include rapid weight loss and muscle atrophy, as well as visual impairment and coordination problems, and involuntary muscle twitches. Many patients can only walk on crutches or wheelchairs after a period of time.