Mysterious nodding disease afflicts young Ugandans

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Uganda Nodding Disease
In this photo taken Monday, Feb. 20, 2012, shows Vicky Apara a 15 year old Ugandan girl suffering from nodding disease in Kitgum district 350km north of the capital Kampala. Uganda this week hosts a four-day international conference on nodding syndrome that health officials believe will lead to a clearer understanding of the mysterious disease. The disease is called nodding syndrome, or nodding head disease, because those who have it nod their heads and sometimes go into epileptic-like fits. The disease stunts children and destroys their cognition, rendering them unable to perform small tasks. (AP Photo / Stephen Wandera)