Italy to mark int'l epilepsy day

ILAE centres open Feb 8 for awareness raising

(ANSA) - Rome, February 2 - Monuments across Italy will be lit up with purple for International Epilepsy Day on Monday as part of a global initiative to raise awareness of the widespread neurological disease. The leaning tower of Pisa, the Barcaccia fountain in Rome's Piazza di Spagna and the Maschio Angioino castle in Naples are just three of the monuments that will be tinged with the internationally recognised 'symbol' of epilepsy for the event that takes place on the second Monday in February each year.
    Roughly 500,000 people suffer from epilepsy in Italy, with around 30,000 new cases diagnosed each year. On Monday centres recognised by the Italian League against Epilepsy will also be open to inform the public about the services they provide.


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