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Prevalence of Epileptics in an Endemic Onchocerciasis Focus in Haut-Katanga/DR Congo

Background: Epilepsy is a real public health problem in the world. Epilepsy is a cause of excess mortality and is a major cause of stigmatization and/or social discrimination. Given the existence of a link between onchocerchosis and epilepsy mentioned in previous studies. Objective: The main objective of this study is to determine the prevalence of epileptics in the endemic onchocerciasis focus in the Kafubu health zone in Haut Katanga/DRC. Method: This is a cross-sectional descriptive study. The sample size consisted of 500 households for a total population of 3451 inhabitants. Result: The number of epileptics was 93, ie a prevalence of 2.7%, of which 54% were female and 46% male; the average age of onset of epilepsy was 10.4±3.7 years. 5.4% of people living with epilepsy reported visual impairment. The village most affected by epilepsy was Sambwa, with agriculture as the main activity of the heads of households of epileptics in all the villages. Conclusion: The management of epilepsy with antiepileptics and good nutrition can reduce the morbidity and mortality observed in our environment.

Prevalence, Epilepsy, Onchocerciasis Focus, Lubumbashi

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Criss Koba Mjumbe, Chadrack Kabeya Diyoka, Oscar Luboya Numbi, Beatrice Koba Bora. (2023). Prevalence of Epileptics in an Endemic Onchocerciasis Focus in Haut-Katanga/DR Congo. International Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy, 8(2), 6-10.

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Criss Koba Mjumbe; Chadrack Kabeya Diyoka; Oscar Luboya Numbi; Beatrice Koba Bora. Prevalence of Epileptics in an Endemic Onchocerciasis Focus in Haut-Katanga/DR Congo. Int. J. Neurol. Phys. Ther. 2023, 8(2), 6-10. doi: 10.11648/j.ijnpt.20220802.11

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Criss Koba Mjumbe, Chadrack Kabeya Diyoka, Oscar Luboya Numbi, Beatrice Koba Bora. Prevalence of Epileptics in an Endemic Onchocerciasis Focus in Haut-Katanga/DR Congo. Int J Neurol Phys Ther. 2023;8(2):6-10. doi: 10.11648/j.ijnpt.20220802.11

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