Onchocerciasis in the Tropics

Onchocerciasis in the Tropics

Onchocerciasis in the Tropics – River blindness (Human onchocerciasis) is a serious neglected tropical disease caused by the filarial nematode parasite Onchocerca volvulus and an important cause of blindness and chronic disability in the developing world. Presently, it is estimated that 37 million people carry O. volvulus, with 90 million at risk in Africa. Morbidity at present is estimated at 987,000 disability-adjusted life-years and there are 46,000 new cases of blindness annually. [Read more…]