Damien Nahimana

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Three villages in Boko Health Zone, Bandundu Province, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), had 61 konzo cases and konzo prevalences of 2.5%, 4.1% and 7.5% respectively. Konzo cases occurred every year for 10 years and every month, peaking in July. The high mean cyanide content of cassava flour of 50 ppm was due to short soaking of cassava roots for 1-2 days(More)
BACKGROUND Konzo is an irreversible paralysis of the legs that occurs mainly among children and young women in remote villages in tropical Africa and is associated with a monotonous diet of bitter cassava. Konzo was discovered in 1938 by Dr. G. Trolli in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). It also occurs in Mozambique, Tanzania, Cameroon, Central(More)
BACKGROUND The trend of hypertension and other risk factors of cardiovascular disease is changing because of epidemiological, demographic and nutritional transitions in sub-Saharan Africa. OBJECTIVES The aim of this study is to determine the prevalence and risk factors of arterial hypertension in the Kinshasa region, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). (More)
Programme National de Nutrition (PRONANUT), Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Evolution, Ecology and Genetics Research School of Biology, Australian National University, Canberra, ACT 0200, Australia. Hospital General de Reference, Zone de Sante de Popokabaka, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Centre Neuropsychopathologique, Universite de(More)
Six villages in Boko Health Zone, Bandundu Province, DRC, were studied with 4588 people, 144 konzo cases and konzo prevalences of 2.0-5.2%. Konzo incidence is increasing rapidly in this area. Food consumption scores were obtained from the households with konzo and the mean % malnutrition calculated for each village. Urine samples were obtained from 50(More)
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