onchocerciasis onchocerciasis

Definition(s):

  • (n) infestation with slender threadlike roundworms (filaria) deposited under the skin by the bite of black fleas; when the eyes are involved it can result in blindness; common in Africa and tropical America

Usage(s):

  • When it bites, the fly injects a microorganism that causes onchocerciasis, a disease characterized by nodules under the skin and lesions of the eye that often cause blindness.

News

  • Merck Applauds Colombia for First PAHO/WHO Verification of Elimination of River Blindness

    Merck , known as MSD outside the United States and Canada, applauds the government of Colombia whose work with the MECTIZAN® Donation Program and The Carter Center-sponsored Onchocerciasis Elimination Program for the Americas led to today’s Pan American Health Organization, the World Health Organization’s Regional Office for the Americas , verification of Colombia as the first country in the ...
    on July 30, 2013     Source: Business Wire via Yahoo! Finance

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