East Africa: Long-Term Mass Drug Treatment Can Eliminate River Blindness – Study

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[ASTMH]New research provides the first evidence in East Africa that long-term community-based drug treatment alone can interrupt transmission of onchocerciasis, a parasitic disease commonly known as river blindness. The study finds that after eight years (beginning in 1998) of treating residents annually with the anti-worming medicine ivermectin, followed by six years of semi-annual treatment with the drug, there is no evi (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)