What A Difference A Drug Makes In The Fight Against River Blindness

January 15, 2016 at 8:36 pm Leave a comment

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One of the problems with river blindness is that it doesn’t kill you.

It’s a nasty disease that causes agonizing itching, disfigured skin and, in the worst cases, blindness. River blindness is a parasitic infection transmitted by black flies that breed in rapidly flowing bodies of water. The worms burrow under your skin and eventually wiggle across your pupils, destroying your vision. But because the disease usually isn’t fatal, health officials in cash-strapped tropical countries have slotted it lower on their to-do lists than malaria, TB, cholera, AIDS and other life-threatening diseases.
click here to read more…http://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2016/01/14/462911847/what-a-difference-a-drug-makes-in-the-fight-against-river-blindness

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