Colombia is first country in the world to eliminate river blindness


Colombia has been verified by the World Health Organization (WHO) as having eliminated onchocerciasis (known as “river blindness”), thus becoming the first country in the world to achieve this goal. In an official notification letter, WHO Director-General, Margaret Chan, congratulated the Government of Colombia and urged it to “maintain vigilance to detect any future outbreaks” of the disease, which continues to circulate in other countries of Latin America. Dr. Carissa F… (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)