School District Holding Community Meeting to Discuss Illnesses

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BUFFALO, N.Y. --  We are hearing today that the doctor treating some students from LeRoy High School with conversion disorder, is treating four new cases in the past two days, three of which he confirms are conversion disorder. 

Dr. Laszlo Mechtler made the statement on the 2 Sides show on Channel 2 Friday afternoon.

2 On Your Side's Scott Brown asked him about the cases he is treating.

Dr. Laszlo Mechtler: I can say as most of the other patients, they're girls, young girls, obviously in the early teens, similar symptoms, similar town, many of them know each other.

Scott Brown: Are adolescent girls somehow more suseptible to this sort of thing?

Dr. Laszlo Mechtler: They are and I'm not sure if we know why.

Scott Brown: Why are you so confident about ruling out any environmental factors?

Dr. Laszlo Mechtler: Half of them are already getting significantly improved so it cannot be an environmental factor, a toxic factor in the brain. 'Then why are they improving number one? Number two, there are no toxins that would cause these symptoms. The TCE that's been brought up by the national media does not cause symptoms like this, it does not.   We think we've ruled out everything- environmental, autoimmune, vaccination related.

This comes after a story yesterday from an adult in LeRoy dealing with conversion disorder.

Marge Fitzsimmons story was featured on NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams Thursday and says she suffers from the same symptoms as the teens.

She is not associated with the students, but understands what the illness is like.

Meanwhile, the LeRoy Central School District will be holding a community meeting Saturday, February 4, 2012 from 9am-10am in the high school auditorium.

They will be discussing the review completed by a consulting firm they hired to assess testing already completed at the school and any recommendations for additional testing.

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