Or, if it's not Tourette's, it's like Tourette's. Any way you look at it though, it's weird:
Le Roy, N.Y.— ( By: Angela Hong courtesy: 13WHAM ) Wednesday night, James Dupont attended a meeting at Le Roy Junior-Senior High School hoping to find some answers about what may be wrong with his daughter.
Since the first week of December, his 17-year-old daughter suddenly had tics and showed signs of Tourette-like symptoms. But she isn’t the only one.
The York State Department of Health says since September, 12 girls suddenly developed tics. Some so bad, they have had to be pulled out of school and tutored from home.
“I worry about my daughter’s future,” says Dupont. “She's only 17. She can't even drive now… My daughter hasn't been able to go to school for a month because she's got this so bad.”
Dupont hoped that the meeting with the New York State Department of Health would give him some answers, but he says he’s more frustrated and confused than before.
“It's a tearjerker and it hits you in the gut at the same time. You feel frustrated and helpless because you don't know what you can do and you’re not getting any answers.”
During the meeting, Gregory Young from the state health department said that all 12 girls had been diagnosed and are being treated. Dupont says that he knows of no such diagnosis.
“Want to know something? If my daughter had a diagnosis and I knew about it, and I would as her parent, I would tell you that!”
Young told the audience of almost 200 parents and students that the diagnosis and cause of the mysterious illness could not be shared because of the HIPPA Privacy Rule.
“Anytime we deal with a small number of cases and a dozen is a small number in a small community, it's very easy for people to hear the diagnosis and tell people who that diagnosis belong to,” says Young.
Dupont believes that the health department doesn’t truly know what’s going on.
“The girls all go to the same neurologist and there is no diagnosis,” Dupont says. “They don't know what's causing it. That’s why we're all here at this meeting. It's not getting any better and they can't share a diagnosis because there is no diagnosis right now.”
During the meeting Young clarified that the cause has nothing to do with illegal drugs, legal drugs, environmental issues at the school or in the Le Roy community, or vaccines. He did say that stress could exacerbate the tics.
“Stressors can make these symptoms worse,” Young says. “I'm not saying they're causing it, but I'm saying that it makes it worse.”