December 26, 2011
Mysterious Syndrome Spreads in Uganda
Curtis Abraham, NewScientist
Large areas of northern Uganda are experiencing an outbreak of nodding syndrome, a mysterious disease that causes young children and adolescents to nod violently when they eat food. The disease, which may be an unusual form of epilepsy, could be linked to the parasitic worm responsible for river blindness, a condition that affects some 18 million people, most of them in Africa.
TAGGED: mystery illness, infectious disease, worms, parasites