Mysterious nodding disease afflicts young Ugandans

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Uganda Nodding Disease
In this photo of Monday Feb. 20, 2012, Uganda doctor N.K. Okunokaka talks during an interview with The Associated Press in Kitgum district, 350km north of the capital Kampala, Uganda. 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 calling 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)