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  • #16
    Source: http://rt.com/news/236745-sleepy-hol...ious-disorder/

    Sleepy Hollow reborn: Kazakhstan villagers report new cases of mysterious disorder
    Published time: March 02, 2015 12:09

    New cases of the inexplicable disorder, dubbed ?Sleepy Hollow,? have appeared in Kalachi, the village in Kazakhstan where every tenth villager, including children, has mysteriously fallen asleep in broad daylight, some unable to wake up for days on end.

    "The ninth wave of the disease has started,? Amanbek Kalzhanov, head of the administration of Esil district, told Interfax. ?Yesterday two people ? a man and a woman ? became sick. Since the outbreak of the disease 120 people have fallen ill."

    According to Kalzhanov, the overall situation in Kalachi, a village in northern Kazakhstan, is under control. The local hospital is fully operational, along with a school, attended by about 40 students.

    Meanwhile, most of the inhabitants of the village, which used to be home to over 600 residents, have agreed to move to other areas, local official Sergey Kulagin said...

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    • #17
      Mysterious Kazakhstan Sleeping Sickness ‘Could Spread’
      By Felicity Capon 3/4/15 at 12:55 PM
      A leading Russian professor investigating the causes of the mysterious sleeping disorder affecting hundreds of residents in Kalachi, a village in northern Kazakhstan, believes that the 'disease' could spread, and admits that scientists are still unsure as to what is causing it. His warning comes as the ninth wave of the unidentified illness hit the area this week.
      ...
      “The disease is characterised by the fact that the sick immerse [themselves] in unusually long sleep, while to bring them into full consciousness is practically impossible on the first day,” says professor Leonid Rikhvanov from the Department of Geo-ecology and Geo-chemistry at the Tomsk Polytechnic University in Russia, who has spent four years studying the area. Worryingly, he says that the long-term effects of the disease are unknown and so far unstudied.
      ...
      Rikhvanov believes that the root of the terrifying illness could lie in an old Soviet uranium mine in the nearby area of Krasnogorsk
      ...
      Rikhvanov does not presently believe the disease to be a completely new one, as the symptoms are similar to chronic fatigue syndrome disease, caused by radiation, but says that if cases continued to grow, and there is still no scientific consensus, it could be classed as a new disease....


      http://www.newsweek.com/mysterious-k...-spread-311324

      That's the first I've heard that CFS is caused by radiation but that is interesting. I think the first recognition of CFS was the 'outbreak' in Incline Village, NV.

      Rev Infect Dis. 1991 Jan-Feb;13 Suppl 1:S39-44.
      Chronic fatigue syndrome in northern Nevada.
      Daugherty SA1, Henry BE, Peterson DL, Swarts RL, Bastien S, Thomas RS.

      Abstract

      The clinical and laboratory findings from studies of patients with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) from northern Nevada are summarized. Physicians caring for these patients have estimated that greater than 400 patients with CFS from northern Nevada and nearby communities in California were identified between 1984 and 1988. As a result of these studies, a cluster of clinical and laboratory features associated with the illness in moderately to severely affected patients has been identified: profound fatigue of prolonged duration; cervical lymphadenopathy; recurrent sore throat and/or symptoms of influenza; loss of cognitive function manifested by loss of memory and loss of ability to concentrate; myalgia; impairment of fine motor skills; abnormal findings on magnetic resonance imaging brain scan; depressed level of antibody to Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) nuclear antigen; elevated level of antibody to EBV early antigen restricted component; elevated ratio of CD4 helper to CD8 suppressor cells; and strong evidence of association of this syndrome with infection with human herpesvirus 6. More-serious and longer-lasting neurologic impairments, including seizures, psychosis, and dementia, have also been observed in some of these patients.


      PMID: 185054
      Incline Village was one of the sites monitored in this study by the Nevada Bureau of Mines:

      Radon Studies in Nevada (Fall 1994)
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      • #18
        By Roland Oliphant, Moscow

        5:05PM GMT 26 Mar 2015
        ...
        And it can affect almost anyone, regardless of age, sex, health, or even species.
        One day last September, eight schoolchildren drifted off in class in the space of an hour.
        In January, a local woman told Russian journalists that her cat had even come down with the disease, falling into a deep sleep following a bizarre outburst of hyperactivity in the early hours of the morning that saw it attack the dog and bite his owner.
        While the disease has baffled doctors, locals say there are several common factors to the attacks. They tend to come in waves, they seem to be more common during a thaw than when the ground is frozen, and, say some, there is a correlation with wind direction....
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        • #19
          AUTHOR: SARAH ZHANG. SARAH ZHANG SCIENCE DATE OF PUBLICATION: 07.16.15.
          TIME OF PUBLICATION: 7:00 AM.

          THE MYSTERY OF THE KAZAKHSTANI SLEEPING SICKNESS

          IN 2013, DOZENS of people in Kalachi and Krasnogorsky, towns in remote Kazakhstan, began succumbing to a mysterious ?sleeping sickness.? They started passing out at random?at school, at home, on a motorcycle?sometimes for days at a time. Kazakhstani officials announced last week they had an explanation: carbon monoxide drifting out of a nearby uranium mine.

          Problem solved, right? Only?maybe not.

          The Soviet-era uranium mine, abandoned since the early 1990s, was indeed an early suspect. But its most obvious associated dangers?like radon gas and radiation?didn?t fit the symptoms. Victims who didn?t pass out suffered hallucinations, headaches, and fatigue, while radon and radiation are more likely to increase cancer risk in the long-term. Scientists descended on Kalachi, a tiny 600-person village, and eventually ruled out a pathogen or man-made toxin as the cause. Theories about mass psychosis and even the supernatural took hold. Now, the official explanation is carbon monoxide.
          ...
          http://www.wired.com/2015/07/mystery...social_twitter
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          • #20
            EXCLUSIVE - Mysterious Kazakh 'village of the damned' where children with 'Sleepy Hollow' disease, have fits, blurred vision, stomach cramps and fall asleep for DAYS
            Children are suffering from mystery illness in Kazakh village of Berezovka
            They complained of having dizziness, numb limbs, fits, cramps, nausea
            Parents say children fall off their chairs in school and stay asleep for days
            They say they have been poisoned by toxic emissions from power station
            But owners Shell and its foreign partners and government deny allegations
            1,500 residents moved 15 miles away to Aksai - but still get the symptoms
            By WILL STEWART IN MOSCOW FOR MAILONLINE

            PUBLISHED: 08:03 EST, 18 February 2016 | UPDATED: 10:44 EST, 18 February 2016

            A Kazakh village of 1,500 people is being abandoned after children were struck down by a mystery illness which led them to fall asleep for days.

            Dozens of school children struck down by the bizarre 'Sleepy Hollow' disease have fallen off seats in class, have tummy cramps, convulsions, lose feeling in their limbs, dizziness and blurred eyesight.

            A father whose little boy was struck down by the strange symptoms told MailOnline: 'Every day my son goes to school and by 11 am, the teachers call me to take him home because he became ill again.'

            Those living in the village of Berezovka, western Kazakhstan have been evacuated to the village of Aksai, around 15 miles away - but still suffer from dizziness and fall asleep for up to a week at a time.

            Parents in Berezovka blame the symptoms on toxic emissions being emitted from the Karachaganak Petroleum Operating power station run by energy giant Shell.
            ...

            It said: 'Almost 50 per cent of the villagers are chronically ill and 80 per cent of the children suffer from respiratory diseases.'

            Dangerous chemicals, including hydrogen sulfide which is very poisonous, in Berezovka's air, independent monitors found.
            ...
            But when officials inspected pollution levels they found them to be safe.

            The country's Deputy Prime Minister Saparbayev blamed it on a faulty chimney and hot water plant at the local school.
            ...
            The bizarre goings on in Berezovka have been compared to those in Kalachi, another Kazakh village dubbed 'Sleepy Hollow', where locals began inexplicably falling asleep for days at a time.

            That phenomenon was put down to toxic gases seeping to the surface from a disused Soviet era uranium mine.

            ...
            http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...ter_mailonline
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            • #21
              This video released only recently confirms that this outbreak was indeed confirmed to be due to carbon monoxide poisoning:

              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E16I-h-s_Ic

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