Neuropharmacologist investigates plant-based treatments for epilepsy caused by pork tapeworms

Between 30 and 70 percent of epilepsy cases across the world are caused by tapeworms from pork. According to the World Health Organization, the majority of people living with epilepsy reside in low-income countries, mostly within subsistence farming communities.

Although there are treatments available for the neglected tropical disease neurocysticercosis which is caused by the porc tapeworm, which can cause epilepsy, they are extremely difficult to access in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Michael Kaloki, our reporter, discusses Africa Science Focus this week. He explains why neuropharmacologist Priscilla Colibea Mante’s study of epilepsy treatments using plants anxiety, and depression is so important for the continent.

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