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NYS Health Commissioner:  Mystery illness in LeRoy, Corinth aren't connected

ALBANY--Since random tics and convulsions have overtaken her body, Lori Brownell has found solace online.  It's there that the 17 year old Corinth girl has been able to connect with others experiencing similar and someone unexplainable problems. 

"I'm going to do whatever I can to get it under control to go back to what I was before this started," Brownell said in an interview with NewsChannel 13 last Thursday.

The one time scholar athlete came forward to describe her symptoms after 15 teenage girls in LeRoy, NY who have almost identical issues made national news. 

The LeRoy girls have been diagnosed with a rare form of Conversion Disorder, commonly called Mass Hysteria, a psychological condition that strikes in grounds.  And now, a second student from our area, 16 year old Alycia Nicholson, also of Corinth, is complaining of the same ailments.  

"To be honest they're getting worse. I'm moving more. I'm getting tics. It's getting worse," explains Nicholson.

The New York State Health Department's official position is that the outbreaks in LeRoy and Corinth are not connected.

"These kind of issues are hard to define and it's hard to say what's related to something else.  As of now we haven't had clear evidence that anything is related to the initial incidents," says Dr. Nirav Shah, the NYS Health Commissioner.

Dr. Shah adds that environmental causes have been ruled out and because of that his agency will provide support to the local authorities and physicians but not conduct its own investigation.

"The state steps in if there is something we can make a difference in and as of now the response has been more than adequate."

Both Brownell and Nicholson were on a travel softball team that stopped for dinner in LeRoy last summer, just before their symptoms began presenting.

The National Institutes of Health has offered to see some of the LeRoy girls.




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