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WHO Epilepsy Fact Sheet

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WHO Epilepsy Fact Sheet

This Fact Sheet from the World Health Orgaization provides up to date information about epilepsy, a chronic disorder of the brain that affects people in every country of the world. It is characterized by recurrent seizures.

Key facts
-Epilepsy is a chronic noncommunicable disorder of the brain that affects people of all ages.
-Around 50 million people worldwide have epilepsy.
-Nearly 80% of the people with epilepsy are found in developing regions.
-Epilepsy responds to treatment about 70% of the time, yet about three fourths of affected people in developing countries do not get the treatment they need.
-People with epilepsy and their families can suffer from stigma and discrimination in many parts of the world.