Mchape fever

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.7006.678 (Published 9 September 1995)
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  1. R Voysey,
  2. J Gray

    A strange epidemic has been sweeping through Malawi over the past few months. People are flocking to Machinga, a small village in the south where Billy Chisupe has a cure for AIDS. Mr Chisupe had a dream. His ancestral spirits told him of the tree whose bark could be used to make mchape, a cleansing drink. This magical tree is invisible to all but Mr Chisupe. One cup of the brown infusion will cure HIV infection; three cups on consecutive days cures AIDS. The …

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