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Zambian increase in epilepsy linked to HIV and malaria

4 February, 2002

The increase in HIV/AIDS and malaria has led to a rise in the number of case of epilepsy in Zambia, the chairman of the Epilepsy Association of Zambia told the Lusaka Post.

Anthony Zimba told the paper that the reduction of the immunity levels in people with HIV/AIDS often led them to having continous lapses, which Zimba described as "fits" which then develop into epilepsy.

In the case of malaria, he explained that "very high temperatures as a result of malaria also trigger fits".

People with epilepsy in Zambia were discriminated against because of the stigmas associated with the condition, despite the facts that epilepsy is not infectious or contagious.