Appearance of konzo in South-Kivu, a wartorn area in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

@article{Chabwine2011AppearanceOK,
  title={Appearance of konzo in South-Kivu, a wartorn area in the Democratic Republic of Congo.},
  author={J N Chabwine and C Masheka and Z Balol'ebwami and B Maheshe and Safari Balegamire and B Rutega and M Wa Lola and K Mutendela and M-J Bonnet and O Shangalume and J M Balegamire and Ben Nemery},
  journal={Food and chemical toxicology : an international journal published for the British Industrial Biological Research Association},
  year={2011},
  volume={49 3},
  pages={
          644-9
        }
}
Konzo is an upper motor neuron disease characterized by sudden-onset and irreversible spastic paraparesis occurring in nutritionally compromised people. It is associated with consumption of insufficiently processed cyanogenic-toxic cassava. Cassava, the main caloric source in the Democratic Republic of Congo, has been safely consumed for decades in the Eastern Province of South-Kivu. However, in the context of long-lasting war and violent conflicts, cases of spastic paraparesis resembling konzo… CONTINUE READING

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