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Medical community was slow to respond to illness due to virus
MONTREAL — Forty-eight people from the same small Canadian province struck with a baffling mix of symptoms including insomnia, impaired motor function and hallucinations such as nightmarish visions of the dead.
A quixotic neurologist working 12-hour days to decipher the clues.
Swirling conspiracy theories blaming the illness on cell phone towers, fracking or even COVID-19 vaccines.
These are just some plotlines of a mystery that has stumped Canada’s medical establishment, attracted the attention of some of the world’s top neurologists and fanned fears among residents of New Brunswick, a picturesque province of about 770,000 on Canada’s Atlantic coast. In the past six years, dozens of people have fallen ill from the disease, and six have died.
“People are alarmed,” said Yvon Godin, the mayor of Bertrand, in northeastern New Brunswick where residents have been afflicted. “They are asking, ‘Is it environmental? Is it genetic? Is it fish or deer meat? Is it something else?’ Everyone wants answers.”
As the coronavirus raged across the country the past 15 months, the medical enigma was initially slow to gain national attention. Canadian health authorities, distracted by the need to respond to the pandemic, scrambled to determine the seriousness of the outbreak, which was only publicly exposed after a memo about it by New Brunswick’s chief medical officer was leaked to the media in March.
Doctors investigating the disease say the sluggish response underlines the challenge for other medical conditions to compete for the spotlight during a pandemic.
This has been documented in one of Canada's major dailies, the National Post so the source is legit.
Thanks for confirming that.
I found the article quite interesting but didn't want to get hit with "this is conspiracy theory"!
They don’t have any real clues about what it might be?
Idiopathic illnesses usually have a cause if they look hard enough. It almost sounds like an obscure tick related disorder. If it’s a prion, that could be much worse than covid if it spreads. The fact that it is not spreading outside of a geographic area is another clue.
They do but nothing conclusive.
It is frightening for people living there.
Showtalk said...The fact that it is not spreading outside of a geographic area is another clue.
Yes, I too thought it might be something related to the environment in Canada. But insect pathogens didn't cross my mind until you mentioned it.
Are there certain species found only in Canada?