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Encaphilitis Lethargica was a devastating illness that swept the world in the 1920's.
It attacked the brain, leaving victims like living statues, speechless and motionless.
During the outbreak, nearly a million died, and millions more were left frozen inside their useless bodies, in institutions.
Noone knew what had caused it, or how to treat it.
They had discovered evidence of a rare form of streptoccus bacteria in all their patients.
The bacteria that can cause a simple sore throat had mutated into a much more severe form and triggered the attacks of encaphilitis lethargica.
It seems that in some people the body has a massive immune reaction to the streptoccus bacteria and then turns on the body itself; attacking the brain and destroying it.