Another person believed to have had a mysterious neurological syndrome in New Brunswick has died.
There have now been six deaths and 44 suspected cases linked to the mystery brain disease, health officials in the province confirmed Wednesday.
The first case dates to 2015 but wasn’t identified until early 2020, when a cluster of cases was detected by the Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease Surveillance System, operated by the Public Health Agency of Canada. The agency conducts national surveillance for prion diseases, such as Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, which cause neurologic symptoms.
Symptoms of the mystery brain syndrome in the province include rapidly progressing dementia, muscle spasms, atrophy and a host of other complications.