Mexico City - (ReUterus): A mystery illness affecting over 600 out of 4,000 students at the Sisters of Mary's Villa de las Ninas convent boarding school may be atypical swinefever.
But the South Korean order of nuns which runs the establishment is adamant that the illness is 'purely psychological'.
Since October hundreds of girls have fallen seriously ill after cruel and unusual discipline practices such as being made to sleep in the school's animal enclosure.
Their complaints include acute nausea and difficulty walking - "typical female hysteric reactions" according to Mother Superior Margie Cheong.
The school's rigorous moral code permits the girls only three visits to their parents and family each year. Any health complaints are dealt with Asian healing remedies and dissent is heavily clamped down on.
The nuns follow the moral ethos of their founding father Aloysius Schwartz whose religious visions earned him a nomination for beatification into the sainthood.
But medical records show that the US born priest was an incurable schizophrenic whose psychotic bouts included delusionary episodes where he stalked prepubescent girls that he thought were dangerous succubi out to castrate him.
There has been no comment from the school about the extent of the pandemic but a number of parents have asked law enforcement agencies to intervene.