As a effect, that 61-year-old NY backwoods gourmand died after developing a deadly brain disorder triggered by squirrel brains he ate.
In 2015, 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.
Based on an MRI, the unnamed man seemed to have a variant of Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease, a degenerative and fatal brain disorder that is commonly contracted by eating meat from cattle affected by "mad cow disease", doctors found.
Only a few hundred cases of vCJD have ever been reported, a lot of them in the United Kingdom; just four cases have ever been confirmed in the US. The squirrel meat was said to be contaminated with 'zombie-like proteins.' Polio-Like Rare Mysterious Disease Takes Over the U.S.; 38 Kids Affected By Now. His family described him as an avid hunter who had dined on squirrel in the past. Dr. Tara Chen, a medical resident at Rochester Regional Health and lead author of the report, said it's unclear if the man consumed the entire squirrel brain or just squirrel meat that was contaminated with parts of squirrel brain. However, two of them turned out to be negative for "mad cow disease", which also revealed the case of the NY man who died after he ate squirrel brains.
The rarest form is acquired CJD, which is when the brain or nervous system tissue becomes infected through exposure - only causing one percent of cases.
Symptoms include depression, anxiety, memory loss, personality changes, impaired thinking, difficulty swallowing and difficulty speaking. There is no treatment or cure. Most people develop the disease spontaneously, while a few inherit it. Woman Scratched By Cat on Breast Develops Rare Flesh-Eating Disease Called Pyoderma Gangrenosum.
The disease results from prion proteins that fold abnormally, leading to lesions in the brain.
His case was one of several detailed by doctors from Rochester Regional Health, a major hospital network in the city. With many fatal brain diseases, such as Alzheimer's, doctors can only be sure of the diagnosis by examining the brain after death.