LeRoy tics have now moved to Danvers, MA?
You may recall that I blogged quite a bit about the odd but fascinating phenomenon of tics that occurred in LeRoy, NY. This outbreak appears to have been resolved, but I have just gotten word that similar events appear to be occurring in Danvers, MA.
You may have heard about Danvers, or as it was formerly known, Salem Village. This is the locus where the Salem Witch Trials occurred–an event that many historians have now attributed to “mass hysteria”, or as it is more accurately known today, conversion disorder. What is happening there right now is somewhat less sinister than the famous Witch Trials. It is an outbreak of hiccups.
Health officials report that during the last school year, over 20 students at two schools in Danvers were afflicted by repetitive “vocal tics” or hiccups. Environmental samples have been taken, but no potential causes have been identified in that arena. Health professionals appear to believe this is a case of conversion disorder, similar to what occurred in LeRoy.
Although the symptoms appear to be less severe than the tics in LeRoy, I do want to extend my sympathy to those affected. At best, a case of repetitive hiccups would be titanically annoying. I hope this is resolved very soon.
Now, let us pause and wait for the anti-vaxxers to emerge from their dens and blame this one on Gardasil, shall we?
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