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Global Health
April 18, 2012

Targeting Nodding Disease

JAMA. 2012;307(15):1573. doi:10.1001/jama.2012.477

The Ugandan Ministry of Health is setting up a task force to raise awareness about a mysterious illness called nodding disease or nodding syndrome—characterized by repetitive head nodding and seizures—that is affecting thousands of children in East Africa ( The plan is to establish screening and treatment centers and mobile clinics in the affected districts, enhance surveillance, and continue efforts to determine the etiology of the disease.

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