In a shocking incident, a man died because of eating a squirrel brain. The 61-year-old man was admitted to a hospital at Rochester Regional in the year 2015 with cognitive impairment, schizophrenia, and psychosis according to reports released by he IDWeek, earlier last month. It was just after 5 months of these symptoms that the man died. Consuming his favourite meat, that of the squirrel, the Rochester, New York resident possibly gave him the deadly brain diseases. The squirrel meat was said to be contaminated with 'zombie-like proteins.' Polio-Like Rare Mysterious Disease Takes Over the US; 38 Kids Affected By Now.
The reports also have it that when he was brought to the hospital he was unable to walk. Only once his brain scan results and other tests were out the experts found out that he may have had a variant of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD). vCJD is a type of a rare neurodegenerative ailment that can be fatal. Woman Scratched By Cat on Breast Develops Rare Flesh-Eating Disease Called Pyoderma Gangrenosum.
What is CJD?
The neurodegenerative disease is one of the various diseases caused by prion, a kind of protein that exist in the brain naturally and are harmless. However, it only causes a problem once they begin to fold in the wrong way and also cause the other prions to fold in the way they shouldn't. After a certain point of time, it begins to effectively cannibalise the brain.
Diseases related to prion can happen suddenly or be hereditary. However, sometimes they can also be infectious and spread in different species of animals. Also known as transmissible spongiform encephalopathies, vCJD was first identified in the year 1996.