Uganda: New Study Highlights Need to Continue Fight Against River Blindness

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[ASTMH]Researchers report onchocerciasis (river blindness) could make a comeback in Northwestern Uganda if annual drug distributions to fight the disease are stopped. The study, conducted in the endemic region of Nyagak-Bondo, showed that while there was a significant reduction in infection after 18 years of community-based treatment with the deworming medication ivermectin, transmission has not been interrupted. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)