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River Blindness or onchocerciasis is caused by the prelarval (microfilaria) and adult stages of the filarial nematode Onchocerca volvulus. The disease is transmitted by the bite of certain species of female Simulium flies (black flies) that bite by day and are found near rapidly flowing rivers and streams. Onchocerciasis is endemic in more than 25 nations located in a broad band across the central part of Africa. Small endemic foci are also present in the Arabian Peninsula (Yemen) and in the Americas (Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, southern Mexico, and Venezuela)
Scientists create new models of tropical eye worm for development of anti-filarial drugs

Scientists create new models of tropical eye worm for development of anti-filarial drugs

Blood-suckers carrying malaria parasites can be traced back up to 100 million years

Blood-suckers carrying malaria parasites can be traced back up to 100 million years

TGen North collaborates with NARBHA Institute to advance human health

TGen North collaborates with NARBHA Institute to advance human health

Scientists develop urine diagnostic to detect parasitic worms that cause river blindness

Scientists develop urine diagnostic to detect parasitic worms that cause river blindness

Fruit fly research leads to potential drug for debilitating diseases caused by parasitic worms

Fruit fly research leads to potential drug for debilitating diseases caused by parasitic worms

Researchers use smartphone to diagnose people infected with Loa loa worm

Researchers use smartphone to diagnose people infected with Loa loa worm

LoaScope could be valuable approach in the fight against river blindness

LoaScope could be valuable approach in the fight against river blindness

LSTM researchers find new way to reduce treatment for some parasitic diseases

LSTM researchers find new way to reduce treatment for some parasitic diseases

Clinical study tests 100-year-old drug in children with autism spectrum disorder

Clinical study tests 100-year-old drug in children with autism spectrum disorder

WHO marching toward extraordinary progress against neglected tropical diseases, report reveals

WHO marching toward extraordinary progress against neglected tropical diseases, report reveals

Research finding could set stage for potential development of new antimicrobial drugs

Research finding could set stage for potential development of new antimicrobial drugs

Vaxine’s unique adjuvants boost effectiveness of vaccines for battling against infectious diseases

Vaxine’s unique adjuvants boost effectiveness of vaccines for battling against infectious diseases

Study shines new light on genetic makeup of river blindness parasite

Study shines new light on genetic makeup of river blindness parasite

Researchers sequence genome of parasitic worm that causes river blindness

Researchers sequence genome of parasitic worm that causes river blindness

Geographers map internal migration across three continents to help combat infectious diseases

Geographers map internal migration across three continents to help combat infectious diseases

PATH and SD/Alere announce commercial availability of two diagnostic tools for NTDs

PATH and SD/Alere announce commercial availability of two diagnostic tools for NTDs

Global Health Frontiers' four-part newsmagazine series premieres on public television’s WORLD Channel

Global Health Frontiers' four-part newsmagazine series premieres on public television’s WORLD Channel

Scientists look for new antibiotic drugs in unexpected places

Scientists look for new antibiotic drugs in unexpected places

Researchers take major step towards developing vaccine for river blindness

Researchers take major step towards developing vaccine for river blindness

Researchers receive Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation grant to eliminate neglected tropical diseases

Researchers receive Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation grant to eliminate neglected tropical diseases