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Konzo Outbreak, in the South-West of the Democratic Republic of Congo, 1996.

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dc.contributor Epicentre, 8 rue St Sabin, Paris, France. i.bonmarin@invs.sante.fr
dc.creator Bonmarin, I
dc.creator Nunga, M
dc.creator Perea, W
dc.date 2002-08
dc.date.accessioned 2017-01-31T07:10:25Z
dc.date.available 2017-01-31T07:10:25Z
dc.identifier Konzo Outbreak, in the South-West of the Democratic Republic of Congo, 1996. 2002, 48 (4):234-8 J. Trop. Pediatr.
dc.identifier 0142-6338
dc.identifier 12200986
dc.identifier http://hdl.handle.net/10144/21178
dc.identifier http://fieldresearch.msf.org/msf/handle/10144/21178
dc.identifier Journal of Tropical Pediatrics
dc.identifier.uri http://dspace.mediu.edu.my:8181/xmlui/handle/10144/21178
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dc.description In August 1996, cases of poliomyelitis were reported in Kahemba zone, in the south-west of the Democratic Republic (DR) of Congo. The diagnosis was reviewed and charged to Konzo, a spastic paraparesis attributed to food cyanide intoxication. In order to describe the phenomena, a community-based survey took place and found 237 people affected. The highest prevalence was found in the most isolated part of the zone. The patients suffered from an isolated non-progressive spastic paraparesis of abrupt onset. Children and women were the most affected groups, especially women after childbirth. Most of the patients developed the disease after 1990 with 101 cases in 1996. Cassava processing was the same over time and in all the villages. The study did not fully explain the increased number of cases in 1996 but suggested that complementary investigations regarding micronutrient intakes, especially vitamin A, would be necessary.
dc.language en
dc.publisher Published by Oxford University Press
dc.relation http://tropej.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/reprint/48/4/234?ijkey=zbWwBayHQ36l.&keytype=ref&siteid=tropej
dc.rights Archived on this site with kind permission from Oxford University Press
dc.title Konzo Outbreak, in the South-West of the Democratic Republic of Congo, 1996.

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