The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) says a significant number of people with epilepsy in the Caribbean do not receive treatment.

It said epilepsy is one of the most common neurological disorders in the world, affecting about 50 million people, five million of whom live in the Americas.

The epilepsy mortality rate in Latin America and the Caribbean is 1.04 per 100,000 inhabitants, higher than the 0.50 per 100,000 inhabitants in the United States and Canada, PAHO said, noting that two thirds of countries in Latin America and the Caribbean do not have a programme for the comprehensive care of people with epilepsy.

PAHO also said that 80 per cent of regional countries do not have appropriate legislation regarding epilepsy.

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