An unknown neurological disease has been repeatedly attacking employees of a meatpacking plant in Austin, Minn. So far, 12 employees of Quality Pork Processors have been diagnosed with this unexplained neurological disorder. Several of these employees received medical attention last fall, complaining about fatigue, numbness, and pain throughout their extremities. These people were treated for their symptoms, and after recovery, returned to work at the plant.
But when the same people returned to the Mayo Clinic - only 40 miles away - doctors found a much more serious issue than previously diagnosed. These peoples' immune systems were essentially destroying their nervous systems - and doctors don't exactly know why. Some medical specialists believe the disease is linked to the brain tissue of hogs that are slaughtered in the meatpacking plant. These professionals think the body is rejecting the ingestion of the hogs' brain particles. Basically, the affected peoples' immune system is rejecting the ingestion of the hog brains, and since pigs' biochemical composition is closely related to humans, people's immune systems are rejecting their own nervous system as well.
Doctors at the Mayo Clinic are unsure of the exact cause of the disease, but they are working hard on getting to the bottom of this bizarre illness.