In Yakutsk the diagnostics of a mysterious disease of indigenous peoples will be discussed.
: 25/08/2006
: Indigenous Issues

On 23 of August inYakutsk III International Scientific-Practical Conference starts, where the scientists and doctors from the USA, Australia, Germany, Mexico, England and cities of Russia will discuss the problems of Viliuisk Encephalomyelitis, which strikes indigenous people only.

The participants will discuss the clinical diagnostics of the disease, its pathomorphological changes and laboratory diagnostics. The issues of search for antibodies, herpes-viruses, the centers of the disease will be discussed. Besides scientists, in the conference will take part the Chairman of the Committee of Health of the State Meeting Il Tumen Georgy Artemyev, the minister of science and professional education Gennady Tolstykh, the minister of health Vyacheslav Alexandrov, the director of the Institute of Health of the Academy of Science of the Sakha Republic (Yakutia) Vadim Krivoshapkin and the international supervisor of research works on the problems of Viliuisk Encephalomyelitis professor Daniel Carleton Gajdusek.
Viliuisk Encephalomyelitis is the disease of the central nervous system. The first scientific observations of it were held by a German naturalist Richard Maak in 1887 during his trip to Viliuisk Okrug. The Yakut people called this disease Bohooror, that means in translation growing numb. The disease strikes only indigenous people Yakuts, Evens, Evenkies, mostly from remote villages. Not only blood relatives can be ill, but also adopted kids, as well as the people who have lived with the sick for some time. Viliuisk Encephalomyelitis usually starts with high temperature (39-40C), fever, strong headache, muscular-ache, like influenza, and extreme rate of apathy. At the late stage the loss of memory and dementia, disorder of speech predominate and the muscular spasms strengthen. In most cases the disease leads to fatal outcome during 3-5 years.