Illnesses rise among pig brain handlers

The number of mysterious neurological illnesses among workers who processed pig brains at pork plants in three states has risen to as many as 24.

According to Dr Daniel Lachance, a Mayo Clinic neurologist, there are now 18 confirmed cases among people who have worked at the Quality Pork Processors plant in Austin, Minnesota - an increase from the 13 cases recorded in February .

Lachance added that there are now about five cases among workers at a pork plant in Indiana, compared with two confirmed earlier, and one recently identified case at a plant in Nebraska.

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