First Suspected Case of Nodding Disease Among Adults Reported in Nwoya

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The first suspected case of nodding disease among adults has been recorded at Anaka Hospital in Nwoya district.

The first suspected case of nodding disease among adults has been recorded at Anaka Hospital in Nwoya district.

The patient-22-year-old Francis Nyeko, a resident of Pawat-Omeru village in Purongo Sub County is admitted at Anaka Hospital with symptoms similar to those of nodding disease.

Dr. Janani Loum, the Medical Superintendent of Anaka Hospital, says the victim was yesterday referred to Anaka Hospital from Purongo Health Center III where he was first admitted.

 Loum says the patient was brought to the hospital while unconscious.

He however says the doctors are still carrying out tests to ascertain the exact disease that he is suffering from.

Loum says initial tests have ruled out convulsion and they are now carrying out more tests and seeking guidance from psychiatric specialists before they can confirm whether the case is associated with nodding disease.

If confirmed, it will be the first known case of nodding disease among adults and the first confirmed case in Nwoya.

The Ministry of Health estimates that about 3,000 children have contracted the nodding disease in northern Uganda, while 200 have died.

Outbreaks were first reported in Pader, Lamwo and Kitgum districts in 2009, but the disease has since spread to neighboring Gulu and Amuru.

Because of lack a cure, parents are frustrated and some are forced to tie their children with nodding disease syndrome on trees.