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Monday, March 5, 2012

Uganda : Government needs to act fast on nodding disease, don says

Via Daily Monitor :

" The “Nodding Disease Syndrome” (NDS) is devastating to the affected people, their families and the communities where it exists. So far it kills all who get it and these happen to be mostly children and adolescents aged between 10 and 19 years.

The failure to find a cause to the syndrome or to its mode of transmission is a big challenge to the Health ministry, the government and to all scientists and experts, including local and international epidemiologists and anthropologists.
We are informed that a joint team of experts from the US Centers for Disease Control, the World Health Organisation, Mulago National Referral Hospital and Makerere University comprehensively studied NDS in 2009, six years after a similar syndrome had been reported in Lui, South Sudan.

The first big question is whether the two similar diseases occurred separately or whether the one in South Sudan crossed the border into Uganda and how this happened."

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