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    River Blindness

    River blindness, otherwise called onchocerciasis, is a parasitic contamination that can bring about extraordinary tingling, skin staining, rashes, and eye infection that regularly prompts changeless visual impairment. It is spread by the chomps of tainted dark flies that breed in quickly streaming waterways.

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    Side effects incorporate serious tingling, knocks under the skin, and visual impairment. It is the second most regular reason for visual deficiency because of contamination, after trachoma. The parasite worm is spread by the nibbles of a dark fly of the Simulium sort. Typically numerous chomps are required before disease happens. These flies live close streams, subsequently the name of the sickness. Once inside a man, the worms make hatchlings that advance out to the skin. Here they can contaminate the following dark fly that nibbles the individual. There are various approaches to make the determination including setting a biopsy of the skin in typical saline and looking for the hatchling to turn out, looking at without flinching for hatchlings, and glimpsed inside of the knocks under the skin for grown-up worms.

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    A vaccine against the disease does not exist. Prevention is by avoiding being bitten by flies. This may include the use of insect repellent and proper clothing. Other efforts include those to decrease the fly population by spraying insecticides. Efforts to eradicate the disease by treating entire groups of people twice a year are ongoing in a number of areas of the world. Treatment of those infected is with the medication ivermectin every six to twelve months. This treatment kills the larva but not the adult worms. The medication doxycycline, which kills an associated bacterium called Wolbachia, appears to weaken the worms and is recommended by some as well. Removal of the lumps under the skin by surgery may also be done.

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    Information about the Disease

    About 17 to 25 million people are infected with river blindness, with approximately 0.8 million having some amount of loss of vision. Most infections occur in sub-Saharan Africa, although cases have also been reported in Yemen and isolated areas of Central and South America. In 1915, the physician Rodolfo Robles first linked the worm to eye disease. It is listed by the World Health Organization as a neglected tropical disease.

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