NY man reportedly dies after eating squirrel brains

The 61-year-old man was brought to a hospital in Rochester New York after experiencing a decline in his thinking abilities and losing touch with reality the report said. The man had also lost the ability to walk on his own

A 61-year-old backwoods gourmand died after he developed a deadly brain disorder from eating squirrel brains.

The unnamed victim was taken to a hospital in Rochester, New York in 2015 after his ability to think and was losing touch with reality.

The patient was diagnosed with Creutzfeldt-Jakob, which is a degenerative disease of the brain, which triggers the destruction of cells. According to reports, only a few hundred cases of vCJD have ever been reported. Chen said it also wasn't clear if the man ate the brains themselves or meat that was contaminated with brain matter, according to the site.

"'All of them were squirrel-brain eaters, " a doctor told the paper at the time.

Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) is an extremely rare brain disease that affects about one in 1,000,000 people worldwide.

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

Symptoms include depression, anxiety, memory loss, personality changes, impaired thinking, difficulty swallowing and difficulty speaking. There is no treatment or cure and no known way to prevent sporadic CJD.

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According to relatives, he got a disease from proteins and not from cows.

Many sufferers lapse into coma and about 70 percent die within a year.

A variant of Creutzfeldt-Jakob (vCJD) captured the public attention in the 1990s when people in the United Kingdom developed the disease from eating contaminated beef in an outbreak of mad cow disease.

According to co-author Dr John Hanna, a medical resident at Rochester Regional Health that number is high when just one million people live in the area.

Because CJD is so rare, doctors at Rochester Regional Health were surprised when four suspected cases of the disease occurred at the hospital within a six-month period, from November of 2017 to April of 2018.

Dr. Tara Chen came across the unusual case when she was tasked with doing a report on cases of CJD seen at the hospital over the last five years. With many fatal brain diseases, such as Alzheimer's, doctors can only be sure of the diagnosis by examining the brain after death.

Of the five cases detailed in their report, however, two were eventually confirmed not to be CJD after all.

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