Mysterious Illness At Leroy High School

November 8, 2011 Updated Nov 8, 2011 at 7:50 AM EDT

By WKBW News
By By Jaclyn Asztalos

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November 8, 2011 Updated Nov 8, 2011 at 7:50 AM EDT

Leroy, N.Y. (WKBW) - It's been more than a week that six Leroy High School students have been shaking uncontrollably and the cause has doctors stumped.

The symptoms are similar to Tourette Syndrome, including shaking and jerking in their necks and heads. One student, who did not want to be identified, said it started when she woke up from a nap and could not speak because the shaking was so severe.

Now, she said the shaking has gotten so bad that she can't go to school. She is tutored at home. The teen has gone to a psychologist, neurologist and general practitioner but doctors can't pinpoint the problem.

The teen said the medicine the doctors have administered are making her so tired, she sleeps nearly the entire day. She said what's worse is that she worries about what could happen.

"For eight or ninth days now shaking and it doesn't stop. It's a lot of pressure on my back and it makes my neck sore," Unidentified girl said.

School officials said they are working closely with students, their parents and doctors to try and find a cause. They also hope to stop this illness from spreading. Doctors said they will be monitoring the six girls to make sure they don't get any worse.