Onchocerciasis

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Onchocerciasis

Onchocerciasis, also known as river blindness, is a parasitic disease affecting the eyes and skin caused by the parasitic worm Onchocerca volvulus. Onchocerciasis is transmitted to humans through bites of infected blackflies. These blackflies are common in fast-flowing rivers and streams, typically in remote villages nearby fertile land used for agriculture. Symptoms of Onchocerciasis include severe itching, skin lesions, the development of nodules under the skin, and eye lesions that can lead to visual impairment and permanent blindness. This disease occurs primarily in tropical areas, with almost all of the infected people living in sub-Saharan Africa. Cases of this disease have also appeared in Yemen and Latin America. There is currently no vaccine or medication available to prevent infection.

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Scientific Literature

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The terms "Onchocerciasis" returned 294 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

African Programme for Onchocerciasis Control: progress report, 2014–2015.
 

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Journal: Wkly. Epidemiol. Rec.. 2015 Dec;90(49):661-74.

 

Last Updated: 4 Dec 2015

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Last Updated: 23 Oct 2015

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A community-based cross-sectional study of the epidemiology of onchocerciasis in unmapped villages for community directed treatment with ivermectin in Jimma Zone, southwestern Ethiopia.
 

Author(s): Daniel Dana, Serkadis Debalke, Zeleke Mekonnen, Wondwossen Kassahun, Sultan Suleman, Kefelegn Getahun, Delenasaw Yewhalaw

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Human onchocerciasis is a neglected tropical parasitic disease caused by Onchocerca volvulus (O. volvulus) that may result in devastating skin and eye morbidity. Even though the disease is targeted for elimination, there was little or no information on the level of onchocerciasis ...

Last Updated: 1 Jul 2015

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The terms "Onchocerciasis" returned 17 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

The Contributions of Onchocerciasis Control and Elimination Programs toward the Achievement of the Millennium Development Goals.
 

Author(s): Caitlin Dunn, Kelly Callahan, Moses Katabarwa, Frank Richards, Donald Hopkins, P Craig Withers, Lucas E Buyon, Deborah McFarland

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In 2000, 189 member states of the United Nations (UN) developed a plan for peace and development, which resulted in eight actionable goals known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Since their inception, the MDGs have been considered the international standard for measuring ...

Last Updated: 22 May 2015

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African programme for onchocerciasis control 1995-2015: updated health impact estimates based on new disability weights.
 

Author(s): Luc E Coffeng, Wilma A Stolk, Honorat G M Zouré, J Lennert Veerman, Koffi B Agblewonu, Michele E Murdoch, Mounkaila Noma, Grace Fobi, Jan Hendrik Richardus, Donald A P Bundy, Dik Habbema, Sake J de Vlas, Uche V Amazigo

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Last Updated: 6 Jun 2014

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[Systematic review on the contribution of women community distributors in the fight against onchocerciasis sub-Saharan Africa].
 

Author(s): Marius Zambou Vouking, Carine Nouboudem Tadenfok, Christine Danielle Evina, Moustapha Nsangou, Cécile-Renée Bonono, David Yondo

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Last Updated: 17 Apr 2015

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Mass Drug Administration for Lymphatic Filariasis and Onchocerciasis for Liberia
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Lymphatic Filariasis; Onchocerciasis; Soil Transmitted Helminth (STH) Infections

 

Last Updated: 11 Dec 2015

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Efficacy of Ivermectin and Albendazole Against Onchocerciasis in the Volta Region, Ghana
 

Status: Not yet recruiting

Condition Summary: Onchocerciasis

 

Last Updated: 28 Feb 2014

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Optimization of Mass Drug Administration With Existing Drug Regimens for Lymphatic Filariasis and Onchocerciasis for Ivory Coast (DOLF-Ivory Coast)
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Lymphatic Filariasis; Onchocerciasis; Soil Transmitted Helminth (STH) Infections

 

Last Updated: 26 Aug 2015

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