Mysterious Disease Is Killing Hundreds In Australia

The death of a 31-year-old woman last year has been attributed to Sudden Adult Death Syndrome (SADS), a condition that may be causing hundreds of people to die annually in the Australian state of Victoria.

Advertising executive Catherine Keane died in her sleep last July while living with two friends in Dublin, Ireland. Her mother, Margherita Cummins, has since urged other parents to get their children screened for SADS if their family has a history of cardiac illness, News.com.au reported.

SADS, also called Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome, is an "umbrella term to describe unexpected deaths in young people," usually under the age of 40, when a post-mortem could not find obvious death causes, according to the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP).