A laughter Epidemic which hit the then Tanzanians


In 1962, a laughter epidemic hit Tangayinka (now Tanzania). The epidemic started at a girls’ school near the village of Kashasha on the western coast of Lake Victoria.

One school girl started laughing, and the infected other school girls with laughter. In the end, the laughter spread to other parts of the country and affected 1,000 people. The laughter epidemic lasted for several months, and 14 schools were temporarily closed. It wasn’t until 1963 before the laughter epidemic stopped.

People affected start laughing and continue to laugh, and cry for several hours until they collapse. When they become conscious again, they continue laughing uncontrollably.

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