Onchocerciasis

Unlike malaria, river blindness is not fatal, but it causes a miserable life - Moses Katabarwa

Onchocerciasis

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The second leading cause of infectious blindness in the world is river blindness, or onchocerciasis, caused by a parasitic worm transmitted through bites from blackflies that live and breed near fast-flowing rivers. The World Health Organization estimates at least 25 million people have…

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