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Friday, February 10, 2012

Uganda: Declare Acholi Disaster Area

An opinion piece via All Africa, excerpt :

" THE anguish, misery, frustration and hopelessness that has gripped the Acholi community in Pader, Kitgum and Lamwo and Ugandans of goodwill over the mysterious 'nodding disease' afflicting over 4,000 children and killed at least 200 according to local media reports, is now being shared thousands of miles away by people of New York in the United States.

New York State Department of Health and U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) officials in Atlanta, Georgia, have now confirmed that at least 15 teenage children (14 girls and one boy) from Le Roy High School in Genesee County, New York, are suffering from a mysterious disease with similar symptoms of involuntary head nodding, epileptic-like seizures and slurred speech.

All 15 children have stopped attending school. A new twist in the mystery emerged last week when a 36-year-old New York nurse practitioner, Ms. Marge Fitzsimmons, who had no connection with the Le Roy High School students, was also diagnosed with the symptoms."

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