Uganda's nodding syndrome
Uganda's nodding syndromeHealth workers try to find the root of a neurological illness.
A mysterious and sometimes fatal illness known as nodding syndrome has affected more than 3,000 children in northern Uganda. Those who suffer from it are plagued by frequent and involuntary nodding, neurological deterioration, malnutrition and stunted growth. The syndrome was first detected in Tanzania fifty years ago and the first reported incident in Uganda was in 2009. Public health officials are still searching for clues that will help solve this debilitating illness.
In this episode of The Stream, we speak to Dr. Annet Alenyo, an adviser to the maternal and child health program for World Vision.
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