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Just a hypothesis, but could this have anything to do with "vaccinations" being forced on Africans from the likes of the Gates Foundation and others?
Nodding syndrome — a disease with epileptic-type symptoms prevalent in parts of northern Uganda — is a medical mystery that is confounding medical researchers and scientists alike.
The disease causes young children and adolescents to nod violently in an apparent seizure. It happens frequently throughout the day, including when they eat.
Over the past year there has been a growing outbreak in northern Uganda, specifically in Kitgum, Pader and Gulu. It is believed that thousands of cases have developed, but officials from the U.S.-based Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have only been able to confirm a couple hundred.
A team from the Atlanta-based health organization is returning to Uganda in February to consult with local officials about a treatment trial.
Some researchers have suggested the disease may be linked to river blindness, which also affects all three communities.
River blindness, carried in bacteria inside a nematode worm known as onchocerca volvulus, is transmitted to humans by a bite from a black fly infected with the worm. The disease affects 18 million people, mostly in Africa.
The worms burrow into the skin, reproduce and release millions of offspring that spread throughout the body. After they die, they trigger a severe immune inflammatory response in the body which causes vision loss and severe itching.
It isn’t clear how it is related to nodding syndrome, researchers admit. At the moment all they know is there is an association between the two diseases.
History of Syndrome
The first cases of nodding syndrome — or descriptions of what could have been the disease — date back to the early 1960s in Tanzania, said Scott Dowell, director of Global Disease Detection and Emergency Response for the CDC, in a phone interview with the Star.
Over the past decade, clusters of the disease have popped up in South Sudan and Uganda. The onset in Uganda seems to have begun in 2003 with several thousand cases in Kitgum, Dowell said.
The disease appears to strike most children and adolescents between ages 5 and 15. Children appear healthy until about age 5 and then they begin having strange head-bobbing episodes.
Dowell describes it as a kind of perpetual motion, with the head constantly nodding up and down as if to say yes.
The nodding outbreaks differ in individuals, according to Dowell. In some patients it happens every few minutes. In other cases, it happens only three or four times a week. In many cases it makes eating and drinking difficult.
Those who experience it often appear disoriented and not aware of their surroundings when it’s happening, he explained. “It’s very unusual. There is nothing like this anywhere else in the world.”
It is 40 to 100 times more common than epilepsy, he added.
Causes and treatments?
Researchers had hypothesized it might be caused by a new viral encephalitis, but that didn’t bear any fruit. They also thought perhaps it was a prion disease — such as Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease — but they have ruled that out, as well.
Now scientists are betting on the possibility that nodding syndrome is associated with river blindness. In all three CDC investigations so far, said Dowell, researchers have found an association.
Children and adolescents with the disease are more likely to have antibodies against river blindness and were more likely to be exposed to it. But scientists don’t know how river blindness transforms itself into nodding syndrome.
None of the children or adolescents who suffer from nodding syndrome recover. “Once they have it, it is forever,” said Dowell. It is very debilitating — they can’t eat, they are malnourished and they have cognitive problems, so they drop out of school and become totally dependent on their parents and the community, Dowell said.
Currently, sufferers are being treated with anti-epileptic medications and family members report the children are experiencing some relief.
The CDC has also recommended that they be treated for river blindness and malnutrition.
Global Significance
“Because we don’t know what causes it or its transmission routes, we don’t know what implications it may have for the rest of the world,” said Dowell.
Some diseases in Africa are local and others turn out to be globally important. He cites as an example “slim disease” — a wasting disease in West Africa. “It turned out to have been caused by HIV before HIV was discovered.”
In the case of nodding syndrome “we don’t know the implications of this for the rest of the world,” Dowell said. “It’s quite clear it has huge implications for those living in Kitgum district in Uganda, but it could turn out to have just as huge implications for the rest of the world.”
http://www.thestar.com/news/world/a...ng-disease-in-africa-have-global-implications
 

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Just a hypothesis, but could this have anything to do with "vaccinations" being forced on Africans from the likes of the Gates Foundation and others?
What authority does the Gates foundation have to force vaccinations on Africans? I read some posts yesterday on Facebook alleging the same thing. Can the Gates foundation operate without the cooperation of African heads of state?
 

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What authority does the Gates foundation have to force vaccinations on Africans? I read some posts yesterday on Facebook alleging the same thing. Can the Gates foundation operate without the cooperation of African heads of state?

well, I'm glad other people are questioning this story and not brushing it off as a "mystery". I doubt the Gates foundation can force vaccinations, but lots of people do it willingly because they think it's a "philanthropic" organization that wants to protect Africans from Malaria (most Africans are already immune to Malaria due to evolution).
 

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