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Man Dies from Extremely Rare Disease After Eating Squirrel Brains
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
A man in New York developed an extremely rare and fatal brain disorder after he ate squirrel brains, according to a new report of the man's case. 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. An MRI of the man's head revealed a striking finding: The brain scan looked similar to those seen in people with variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD), a fatal brain condition caused by infectious proteins called prions. read more


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