LeRoy Students Exhibit Tourette-Like Symptoms

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.

These types of disorders have been seen throughout history, although very little is still known about them because they are rare. This used to be called “mass hysteria” and women were thought to get it because their uterus supposedly wandered in search of a child. (Note the root word for hysteria and hysterectomy is the same.)

Of course, we now know that the uterus cannot go wandering and this does not drive a woman mad. It is thought that hysteria can be somewhat contagious, but no one is sure why or how. There is still a lot to learn in neuroscience.

I do not believe for one minute this is Mass hysteria. I think there must be an etiologic agent (pathogen) causing this illness and I am appauled that the CDC is not investigating this with more zeal. It is also very similar to Crutezfeldt Jakob disease (Mad Cow). But nobody is telling that to the public. It could be some variant or pathogenic form of CJD.

Signs and symptomsThe first symptom of CJD is rapidly progressive dementia, leading to memory loss, personality changes and hallucinations. This is accompanied by physical problems such as speech impairment, jerky movements (myoclonus), balance and coordination dysfunction (ataxia), changes in gait, rigid posture, and seizures. The duration of the disease varies greatly, but sporadic (non-inherited) CJD can be fatal within months or even weeks (Johnson, 1998). In some people, the symptoms can continue for years. In most patients, these symptoms are followed by involuntary movements and the appearance of an atypical diagnostic electroencephalogram tracing. Most victims die 6 months after initial symptoms appear, often of pneumonia due to impaired coughing reflexes. About 15% of patients survive 2 or more years.[10]Wikipedia

Cause:Transmissible spongiform encephalopathy diseases are caused by prions. The diseases are thus sometimes called prion diseases. Other prion diseases include Gerstmann–Sträussler–Scheinker syndrome (GSS), fatal familial insomnia (FFI) and kuru in humans, as well as bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE, commonly known as mad cow disease) in cattle, chronic wasting disease (CWD) in elk and deer, and scrapie in sheep. Alpers’ syndrome in infants is also thought to be a transmissible spongiform encephalopathy caused by a prion.[11][12} Wikipedia

Just because you sweep it under the rug does not mean that there isn’t something etiologic causing this illness. It is scary.

The two cases that have recently developed are kids from another town. They spent some time in the same town(as the other girls) and ate in a restaurant. Something isn’t making sense with the Mass Hysteria diagnosis.

How many others will get this before a serious investigation is initiated.:mad:

I am glad to hear that the NIH is getting involved…about time. CDC should also be involved.

Maybe they all saw that episode of South Park in which Cartman fakes having Tourette’s so he can swear in school.

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