Bogota: A mystery illness has overwhelmed a small town in northern Colombia as scores of teenage girls have been hospitalised with symptoms that parents fear could be an adverse reaction to a popular vaccine against cervical cancer. More than 200 girls in El Carmen de Bolivar show symptoms ranging from fainting to numbness in the hands and headaches. The girls, ranging in ages from 9 to 16, were injected in recent months with a vaccine Gardasil.

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