people moving from the Tanzanian highlands, e.g. Usambara mountains, Kilimandjaro region, to the plains are quite often affected by a disease with the following symptoms:

  • onset similar to malaria, but appetite not diminished
  • no joint pain, but severe back pain reaching from neck to hip
  • severe symptoms for about 1 week, weakness and coughs remain for much longer
  • with rest and good nourishment people recover within weeks to months, otherwise may be fatal
  • inhabitants of the plains are not affected

Does anybody have information about this disease?

Thank you in advance!



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