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2010-02-09 14:30:00

Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute have discovered a potential new use for the drug closantel, currently the standard treatment for sheep and cattle infected with liver fluke. The new research suggests that the drug may be useful in combating river blindness, a tropical disease that is the world's second leading infectious cause of blindness for humans. The study is scheduled for publication in an advance, online Early Edition of the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of...

2009-07-22 17:02:05

A study in Mali and Senegal where river blindness was endemic has provided evidence of the feasibility of the disease's elimination, researchers said. Previously, it was thought that elimination of river blandness, also known as onchocerciasis, was only possible in the limited, isolated areas in the Americas where the disease is endemic, officials at the World Health Organization in Switzerland. This evidence is an historic milestone -- it has far-reaching implications for the fight against...

2009-07-03 12:03:17

A new drug to be tested in three African countries could greatly reduce cases of onchocerciasis, commonly called river blindness, health officials said. This is a devastating illness that has plagued 30 African countries for centuries, said Dr. Uche Amazigo, director of the African Program for Onchocerciasis Control. More than 100 million Africans are at risk of infection from the disease, Amazigo said. The drug, moxidectin, developed by Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, kills the larvae and adult worms...

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2009-07-01 16:50:24

The World Health Organization said Wednesday that a drug commonly used to treat pets with parasites may offer hope in eradicating river blindness. Moxidectin, prescribed for dogs, cats, cattle and horses to treat parasites, shows potential to destroy the worms that cause river blindness, an infectious disease that threatens 100 million people, the U.N. agency said.  The condition, whose formal name is onchocerciasis, comes with debilitating symptoms such as loss of sight, severe rashes...

2005-10-11 14:10:32

An international team of researchers are calling for better public health campaigns to reduce the numbers affected by river blindness. River blindness is a disease transmitted by biting flies, affecting areas such as West Africa, Nigeria, Congo, the Central African Republic and Central and South America, and causing significant health problems for at least 18 million people. The flies carry a parasite called Onchocerca volvulus, which lays microscopic worms in the human host. The body's...


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Onchocerca volvulus
2014-01-12 00:00:00

Onchocerca volvulus is a species of roundworm that is classified within the Nematoda phylum. This species causes the disease onchocerciasis, more commonly known as river blindness. The life cycle of this species is dependent upon an intermediate host, typically the black fly, and a definitive host, which is always a human. Its lifecycle begins when a black fly ingests microfilariae from a human host by consuming blood. The microfilariae that were present in the skin of the human host now...

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Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.