More than 40 people in Canada have reportedly contracted a mysterious brain illness — with symptoms resembling those in a rare and fatal illness, including memory loss, hallucinations and muscle atrophy.
Officials alerted doctors in the New Brunswick province this month that they were monitoring a cluster of 43 cases of a neurological disease of unknown cause, The Guardian reported.
The first identified case dates back to 2015, but in 2019 there were 11 cases and 24 in 2020. Researchers believe five people have died from the disease, according to the news outlet.
There have been six cases so far in 2021, according to CBC News.
Residents first learned of a probe last week after a leaked memo from the local public health agency asked doctors to be on the lookout for symptoms similar to Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, a fatal brain disease caused by misformed proteins known as prions.
“We are collaborating with different national groups and experts; however, no clear