LeRoy Students Exhibit Tourette-Like Symptoms
LEROY, N.Y. - LeRoy Central School District Superintendent Kim Cox has issued a statement regarding reports that what’s being described as “a cluster of students” in the district have come down with symptoms similar to Tourette Syndrome, a neurological disorder defined by involuntary motor and vocal tics.
Doctor: LeRoy Students With Rare Illness To Be Tested At NIH
The mystery illness that hit 12 girls at LeRoy High School in upstate New York – which was recently diagnosed by a local doctor as conversion disorder – has now spread to more teens at the school. The New York State Health Department confirms to local NBC affiliate WGRZ that they have seen 15 cases of students exhibiting the same Tourettes-like symptoms, including one boy.
The 12 girls who were initially exhibiting strange Tourette’s-like tics and uncontrollable verbal outbursts several months ago, as well as three more students, are thought to have a particular type of conversion disorder known as mass psychogenic illness, an ailment in which psychological stress is expressed physically. School officials told TODAY that environmental factors in the school building or surrounding areas are not to blame, and the cause of the outbreak remains uncertain.
I would say that the doctors don’t know what it is.