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Ugandan authorities deal with a mysterious ailment that leaves people nodding continuously

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e349 (Published 13 January 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e349
  1. Henry Wasswa
  1. 1Kampala

Ugandan health authorities have launched strategies to deal with a strange disease that has left dozens of people dead in the north of the country and 3000 others, mostly children, nodding continuously.

The ailment, which was first detected in 2009, has mostly affected people in the three districts of Kitgum, Lamwo, and Pader but has also spread in recent weeks to two other districts of Agago and Amuru. Those affected become severely weak, have trembling …

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