Mass fainting hits Mozambique school


A group of about twenty pupils in northern Mozambique passed out during class.

The fainting episodes on Wednesday during classes at Pemba Secondary School, in the province of Cabo Delgado, were found to have primarily afflicted female students.

According to authorities, people who experienced what appeared to be a contagious phenomena displayed symptoms like an epileptic episode.

The students all made a full recovery and are said to be doing well.

Edson Fernando, the provincial head physician, speculated that it may be connected to a form of hysteria that caused an emotional cascade.

There have previously been instances of widespread fainting at schools in Mozambique, with incidences occurring farther south in 2010 and 2018.

To conduct the investigation, psychologists, sociologists, and traditional healers were enlisted.

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