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Pig Brain Mist

A mysterious illness has been affecting pork processing workers who use compressed air to blow pig brains out of skulls. The theory is that some of the brain tissue turns into a fine mist that causes exposed workers to develop an autoimmune response that causes nerve damage.

Symptoms include fatigue, weakness, pain and numbness. Patients can be identified by a unique pattern of antibodies. The illness has been dubbed Progressive Inflammatory Neuropathy (PIN).

The number of people affected by the neurological illness has grown to 24. Eighteen confirmed cases have been discovered at the Quality Pork Processors plant in Austin, MN.

The CDC says it doesn't appear the illness can be transmitted person to person, and it doesn't look like a foodborne illness, nor have any of the slaughtered pigs been sick.

So far none of the victims have recovered completely, and some have had relapses. Serious cases have required drug treatment to supress their immune systems.

Pig brains are a delicacy in some Asian countries, and only three plants in the US use compressed air to harvest the brains.

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Published on Apr-16-08


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