Nodding Disease (Zombie Disease) Explained

Nodding Disease, also referred to as Zombie Disease, is not the result of an infection with a bug or virus. It is chronic systemic and skeletal fluorosis associated with volcanism along the East African Rift (Mount Kilimanjaro, Mount Kenya, Mount Longonot, Menengai Crater, Mount Karisimbi, Mount Nyiragongo, Mount Meru, Mount Elgon, and the Crater Highlands in Tanzania). Well-water from the Afar Triple Junction to the Afar Depression is contaminated. This phenomenon recurs throughout history, and more importantly, the effects are somewhat reversible: Boron — as amino acid chelate — must be administered to children and adults affected by chronic systemic fluorosis, not dangerous anticonvulsants. Nodding Disease is a malady that would be better addressed by geologists than epidemiologists.

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