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A mystery disease is turning an increasing number of children in east Africa into zombies. The condition, known by locals as the 'nodding disease', drastically alters children's personalities by making them withdrawn and confused. One of the first symptoms of the illness, affecting children in northern Uganda, Sudan and Tanzania, is that children appear to be falling asleep - their eyes close and head droops, even though they may not be tired.
The condition gets progressively worse and can cause affected children, generally aged between five and 15, to fall and injure themselves Many die by losing consciousness and have horrific accidents, like falling into a cooking fire or drowning.
One mother in northern Uganda, Grace Lagat, where 3,000 children have the illness, told CNN how her two children have been affected by the nodding disease. She said they suffer from seizures and after each attack are less like the children she remembers. Speaking about her 13-year-old daughter Pauline, she told CNN: 'Her personality has changed greatly from before. 'She was normal when she was born. Now she just moves around and serves no purpose.' The seizures are triggered in strange ways, say community members, such as when unfamiliar food is brought to the children or when the weather changes.