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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)
OEPA reports substantial reduction of river blindness in six endemic countries

OEPA reports substantial reduction of river blindness in six endemic countries

Experts gather to outline the latest creative applications of DNA barcoding

Experts gather to outline the latest creative applications of DNA barcoding

Clinton Global Initiative to raise awareness and funding for NTD control and elimination

Clinton Global Initiative to raise awareness and funding for NTD control and elimination

Also in global health news: HIV/AIDS in Bangladesh; river blindness in Tanzania; potential immune system booster; compounds might fight TB

Also in global health news: HIV/AIDS in Bangladesh; river blindness in Tanzania; potential immune system booster; compounds might fight TB

Also in Global Health news: Tanzania's health care; polio, diarrhea in India; ITNs in Nigeria; health in Sudan

Also in Global Health news: Tanzania's health care; polio, diarrhea in India; ITNs in Nigeria; health in Sudan

Onchocerciasis elimination feasible with ivermectin treatment

Onchocerciasis elimination feasible with ivermectin treatment

Moxidectin being tested for onchocerciasis

Moxidectin being tested for onchocerciasis

BBC examines river blindness program in sub-Saharan Africa

BBC examines river blindness program in sub-Saharan Africa

Global Health Council names Jeffrey Sturchio as next leader

Global Health Council names Jeffrey Sturchio as next leader

River blindness under control in Escuintla, Guatemala

River blindness under control in Escuintla, Guatemala

New vaccine theory aimed at ticks and mosquitoes to prevent disease transmission

New vaccine theory aimed at ticks and mosquitoes to prevent disease transmission

Archbishop Tutu calls on governments to address health issues in Africa, including HIV/AIDS

Archbishop Tutu calls on governments to address health issues in Africa, including HIV/AIDS

PAHEF discusses neglected diseases and disaster preparedness with innovative leaders

PAHEF discusses neglected diseases and disaster preparedness with innovative leaders

Experts call for a global fund to combat neglected tropical diseases

Experts call for a global fund to combat neglected tropical diseases

Onchocerciasis parasite shows signs of resistance

Onchocerciasis parasite shows signs of resistance

Neglected tropical diseases, lymphatic filariasis, trachoma, leishmaniasis, onchocerciasis and schistosomiasis

Neglected tropical diseases, lymphatic filariasis, trachoma, leishmaniasis, onchocerciasis and schistosomiasis

Scientists solve genetic code of parasitic worm that causes elephantiasis

Scientists solve genetic code of parasitic worm that causes elephantiasis

Ivermectin is causing genetic selection in river blindness parasite

Ivermectin is causing genetic selection in river blindness parasite

WHO-based tropical disease research programme to focus on emerging diseases

WHO-based tropical disease research programme to focus on emerging diseases

Drug resistance of parasite which causes river blindness could lead to breakouts of the disease

Drug resistance of parasite which causes river blindness could lead to breakouts of the disease