Carter Center Declares Goal: River Blindness Elimination

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The Carter Center has announced that it will no longer only control river blindness, but instead it will work with ministries of health to eliminate it in all 10 countries in Africa and Latin America in the areas where the Center fights the neglected disease. Spread by the bites of black flies that breed in rapidly flowing streams, river blindness (onchocerciasis) is a dreadful eye and skin disease affecting millions of the poorest people around the world. “River blindness can and should be eliminated, not just controlled, even in the most afflicted areas of Africa,” said former U.S… (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)