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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)
Discovery of anti-parasitic drug mechanism could lead to new treatments for filarial diseases

Discovery of anti-parasitic drug mechanism could lead to new treatments for filarial diseases

Issuing first report on NTDS, WHO aims for 'complete control' by 2015

Issuing first report on NTDS, WHO aims for 'complete control' by 2015

Scientists develop first screening method to identify river blindness disease

Scientists develop first screening method to identify river blindness disease

Merck and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation commit additional $60M to support Botswana's ACHAP

Merck and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation commit additional $60M to support Botswana's ACHAP

Study finds evidence that single-disease initiatives may compromise fragile health systems in low-income countries

Study finds evidence that single-disease initiatives may compromise fragile health systems in low-income countries

Scientists produce atlas of worm infection prevalence, distribution throughout Africa

Scientists produce atlas of worm infection prevalence, distribution throughout Africa

Opinions: Aid to Pakistan; Criteria for effective aid

Opinions: Aid to Pakistan; Criteria for effective aid

EFINTD awards 850,000 Euros for medical research on neglected tropical diseases in Africa

EFINTD awards 850,000 Euros for medical research on neglected tropical diseases in Africa

Drosophila fly study may aid in staving off diseases in humans using defensive bacteria

Drosophila fly study may aid in staving off diseases in humans using defensive bacteria

Study on Drosophila flies may help develop treatments for serious human diseases: Article

Study on Drosophila flies may help develop treatments for serious human diseases: Article

Merck proposes to initiate Phase II proof-of-concept clinical study of posaconazole for chronic Chagas disease

Merck proposes to initiate Phase II proof-of-concept clinical study of posaconazole for chronic Chagas disease

European drugmakers lead in making medicines available to developing world, Index says

European drugmakers lead in making medicines available to developing world, Index says

Capitol Hill briefing addresses neglected tropical diseases

Capitol Hill briefing addresses neglected tropical diseases

AHF to protest against Merck's pricing of Isentress

AHF to protest against Merck's pricing of Isentress

Also in Global Health News: U.S. Ambassador to U.N.; Male circumcision; River blindness in Ecuador; Nursing shortage in Caribbean; Maternal health in Bolivia; Drug-resistant TB in North Korea; Cholera vaccine

Also in Global Health News: U.S. Ambassador to U.N.; Male circumcision; River blindness in Ecuador; Nursing shortage in Caribbean; Maternal health in Bolivia; Drug-resistant TB in North Korea; Cholera vaccine

Drug used to treat parasites in animals may offer new treatment for river blindness, study finds

Drug used to treat parasites in animals may offer new treatment for river blindness, study finds

New research suggests closantel drug may be useful in combating river blindness

New research suggests closantel drug may be useful in combating river blindness

Elephantiasis and river blindness: MSU researcher receives $2M for reformulating flubendazole

Elephantiasis and river blindness: MSU researcher receives $2M for reformulating flubendazole

More details on Obama's global health strategy expected along with budget release, Wall Street Journal reports

More details on Obama's global health strategy expected along with budget release, Wall Street Journal reports

HKI's Shawn Baker honored for groundbreaking research on malnutrition

HKI's Shawn Baker honored for groundbreaking research on malnutrition