Outbreak of dementia-causing infection reported in Canada

Doctors in Canada have recorded an outbreak of an infection that causes dementia. About this on Saturday, June 5, the newspaper The New York Times reports.

The material of the publication notes that the first cases of the disease with neurological disorders were recorded back in 2015. At the moment, the number of infected is estimated at about 50 people, as well as registered cases of deaths.

According to experts, the unknown disease affects only residents of the two coastal areas of New Brunswick.

Symptoms of the disease tend to be progressive dementia and various kinds of psychiatric manifestations. Those infected complain of insomnia as well as impaired motor and visual functions. A different set of symptoms makes it impossible for Canadian doctors to classify the disease.

Even autopsies of the dead did not contribute to the analysis of the infection, which was the reason for omitting the suspicion of prion disease.

Specialists have put forward a basic theory of the infection: it is poisoning by neurotoxins, such as domoic acid, which is found in several types of algae, shellfish and fish. The illness is currently described as “neurological syndrome of unknown etiology in New Brunswick.”

Earlier, on May 12, experts from the International Medical Team, led by Sherry Chu, tracked the effects of severe forms of coronavirus infection on brain function in carriers and concluded that the virus causes nervous system dysfunction in about half of the patients.