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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)
Anacor signs research agreement to discover drug candidates to treat neglected diseases

Anacor signs research agreement to discover drug candidates to treat neglected diseases

TSRI receives fund to develop new field test for Onchocerciasis

TSRI receives fund to develop new field test for Onchocerciasis

Disease eradication efforts set sights on polio, Guinea worm

Disease eradication efforts set sights on polio, Guinea worm

WHO reports unprecedented progress against 17 neglected tropical diseases

WHO reports unprecedented progress against 17 neglected tropical diseases

UCSF teams to study new ways to reduce childhood mortality and disease in developing nations

UCSF teams to study new ways to reduce childhood mortality and disease in developing nations

Guardian examines challenges of eliminating river blindness in Africa

Guardian examines challenges of eliminating river blindness in Africa

Avermectin family of drugs shows promise against TB

Avermectin family of drugs shows promise against TB

Global development partners meet in Washington to discuss NTD control efforts

Global development partners meet in Washington to discuss NTD control efforts

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health epidemiologist receives Dean's Medal honor

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health epidemiologist receives Dean's Medal honor

Black fly's blood-sucking tactics may be used for medical advancement

Black fly's blood-sucking tactics may be used for medical advancement

CNN examines nodding disease among children in Northern Uganda

CNN examines nodding disease among children in Northern Uganda

Ugandan government draws up response plan to combat 'nodding disease'

Ugandan government draws up response plan to combat 'nodding disease'

Eradication of river blindness in Africa is feasible

Eradication of river blindness in Africa is feasible

PBS NewsHour blog discusses curable, preventable neglected tropical diseases with CDC experts

PBS NewsHour blog discusses curable, preventable neglected tropical diseases with CDC experts

FDA approves ivermectin lotion for treatment of head lice

FDA approves ivermectin lotion for treatment of head lice

'Humanosphere' blog examines roles of former President Carter, researcher Foege in fighting NTDs

'Humanosphere' blog examines roles of former President Carter, researcher Foege in fighting NTDs

Major effort to tackle neglected tropical diseases

Major effort to tackle neglected tropical diseases

Abbott, DNDi partner to research on new treatments for NTDs

Abbott, DNDi partner to research on new treatments for NTDs

U.K. government to increase NTD spending fivefold between 2011 and 2015

U.K. government to increase NTD spending fivefold between 2011 and 2015

END7 campaign aims to combat seven major NTDs by 2020

END7 campaign aims to combat seven major NTDs by 2020