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River blindness and the ivermectin drugs cure

Reference #: 1,116
Submit Date: 20 Aug 2007
Browse Category: river blindness
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Treatment used: ivermectin drugs
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Country of Remedy: USA
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Remedy Description

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Onchocerciasis is caused by a round worm that is transmitted among humans by black flies. The fly's descriptive name, Simulium damnosum, reflects its annoying

and painful biting habits. The disease occurs in Africa and Latin America but more than 99 percent of the cases occur in West Africa.

The disease is treated in the body by ivermectin drugs and application of insecticides to the

flies habitat.

The control of one of these diseases, onchocerciasis or river blindness, in West Africa is a true success story for a continent where reports of success stories

are typically in short supply. In the 1970s, as many as 30 percent of the villagers living along the fertile rivers in West Africa would go blind from this

disease. People expected that blindness was part of their normal life cycle.

The Onchocerciasis Control Program, established in 1974 and led by the World Health Organization of the United Nations, has controlled this disease in 11 West

African countries has controlled the spread of this disease in 11 countries in West Africa.

40 million people have been protected from river blindness and an estimated 600,000 cases of blindness have been prevented in the 11 countries treated; 60

million acres of arable land in previously infected river valleys has been open to resettlement and cultivation; and food for an estimated 17 million people

are now being grown. This was achieved for a cost of about $12 per person protected

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