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The Laughing Plague

A mass psychogenic illness which spread through villages in Tanzania. It began in a girls boarding school with the students unable to stop laughing. These bouts lasted between a couple of hours and 16 days.
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Mass psychogenic illness

An illness which has no viral or bacterial cause. Symptoms are often physical and spreads between people with no clear transmission mechanism. It’s considered a stress response from those experiencing trauma.
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Kashasha

A village in Tanzania which was ground zero for the 1962 laughing plague where 217 school children were struck with uncontrollable laughter. It sits on the western coast of Lake Victoria.
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Tanganyika

A state which made up most of present-day Tanzania. It was colonised by the British as part of their share of German East Africa after WWI. It gained independence before joining Zanzibar and becoming Tanzania.
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