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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)
Africa is developing solutions for fighting disease and improving health

Africa is developing solutions for fighting disease and improving health

WHO unveils new strategy to fight some of the most neglected tropical diseases

WHO unveils new strategy to fight some of the most neglected tropical diseases

Waterborne infectious diseases could soon be consigned to history

Waterborne infectious diseases could soon be consigned to history

Onchocerciasis treatment reduces prevalence and intensity by 38%

Onchocerciasis treatment reduces prevalence and intensity by 38%

Study results may aid battle against insect-borne diseases

Study results may aid battle against insect-borne diseases

Scientists step closer to new treatments for river blindness

Scientists step closer to new treatments for river blindness

Tropical diseases such as sleeping sickness, schistosomiasis, river blindness, hookworm, elephantiasis, and blinding trachoma are being ignored

Tropical diseases such as sleeping sickness, schistosomiasis, river blindness, hookworm, elephantiasis, and blinding trachoma are being ignored

Health campaigns to tackle river blindness

Health campaigns to tackle river blindness

G8 must focus on healthcare to save millions of lives

G8 must focus on healthcare to save millions of lives

Wolbachia genome reveals new targets to combat infectious disease

Wolbachia genome reveals new targets to combat infectious disease

Diseases are being neglected in wake of HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria

Diseases are being neglected in wake of HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria

Priorities on dealing with the big 3 infectious diseases - HIV/AIDS, TB, and malaria

Priorities on dealing with the big 3 infectious diseases - HIV/AIDS, TB, and malaria