A man in the United States, according to the consumption of squirrel brains to the new variant of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD) and died. The news site, “Live Science reported,” after Physicians had reported on a conference about the case.

Known to the Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease was initially after in the UK, many people of meat from cows with mad cow disease (BSE) had eaten. The causative agent of the deadly disease to destroy the brain, which then disintegrates like a sponge. So far, only a few Hundred cases of this variant of the Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease are known, most in connection with BSE In Germany has so far encountered no case of vCJD.

according to The report, the man was already come 2015 to the hospital in the U.S. state of New York, because he suffered from concentration difficulties, the relation to reality lost and not independently. On brain scans, the structure of his brain to that of other patients with Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease possible, as the Doctors of the health provider’s Rochester Regional Health reports.

death after five months

A day after arrival in the hospital, Doctors documented the suspicion of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, 16 days later, an examination of the cerebrospinal fluid confirmed the diagnosis. But in the end, only a Brain scan may show after the death of the disease to 100 percent.

For the man is not yet known whether such an autopsy was performed. The Tests, however, are extremely uncommon – in the US, there are only four confirmed cases.

on the basis of indicators of family physicians assume, however, that the man eating squirrel brains with the disease infected. Also, they reported at the scientific meeting.

no therapy

The 61-Year-old had it, loved to hunt, and also the brain of squirrel eaten, the doctors. It is unclear, however, whether he ate the entire squirrel brain or only meat that was contaminated with Parts of the brain.

The 61-Year-old died five months after his arrival in the hospital, such as from a table of the Physicians. Because the disease progresses quickly, can survive the most Affected, not even the first year. Until today, therapies that can cure the Affected are missing.

The case was only now known, because employees of the health system analyzes multiple Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease from the past few years, and the results – such as for the duration up to the time of diagnosis, were published.