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What is River Blindness?

What is River Blindness?

  • River Blindness: Skin and eye infection caused by the helminth (worm) 'Onchocerca volvulus', transmitted via fly bites and usually seen only in parts of Africa, the Middle East and South America.
  • River Blindness: infection with nematodes of the genus Onchocerca; characteristics include the presence of firm subcutaneous nodules filled with adult worms, pruritus, and ocular lesions.
    Source - Diseases Database

River Blindness is listed as a "rare disease" by the Office of Rare Diseases (ORD) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This means that River Blindness, or a subtype of River Blindness, affects less than 200,000 people in the US population.
Source - National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Ophanet, a consortium of European partners, currently defines a condition rare when it affects 1 person per 2,000. They list River Blindness as a "rare disease".
Source - Orphanet

River Blindness: Introduction

Types of River Blindness:

Broader types of River Blindness:

How serious is River Blindness?

Complications of River Blindness: see complications of River Blindness

What causes River Blindness?

Causes of River Blindness: see causes of River Blindness

What are the symptoms of River Blindness?

Symptoms of River Blindness: see symptoms of River Blindness

Complications of River Blindness: see complications of River Blindness

Can anyone else get River Blindness?

More information: see contagiousness of River Blindness
Inheritance: see inheritance of River Blindness

River Blindness: Testing

Diagnostic testing: see tests for River Blindness.

Misdiagnosis: see misdiagnosis and River Blindness.

How is it treated?

Doctors and Medical Specialists for River Blindness: Infectious Disease Specialist ; see also doctors and medical specialists for River Blindness.
Treatments for River Blindness: see treatments for River Blindness
Research for River Blindness: see research for River Blindness

Name and Aliases of River Blindness

Main name of condition: River Blindness

Other names or spellings for River Blindness:


Onchocerciasis Source - Diseases Database

River Blindness: Related Conditions

Research the causes of these diseases that are similar to, or related to, River Blindness:


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