Onchocerciasis control in the WHO African Region: current situation and way forward (document AFR/RC57/5)
Regional Committee for Africa, 57. (2011). Onchocerciasis control in the WHO African Region: current situation and way forward (document AFR/RC57/5). http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/1845
DescriptionFifty-seventh session Brazzaville, Republic of Congo, 27–31 August 2007
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Regional Committee for Africa, 56 (AFR/RC56/INF.DOC/4, 2011-06-22)1. Onchocerciasis, also known as river blindness is a dreaded, disfiguring disease caused by parasitic worms which enter the body via the bite of a small blood-sucking fly, Simulium damnosum or blackfly. Onchocerciasis occurs in 30 countries in Africa, 29 of which belong to the WHO African Region. It was estimated that 142 629 613 people were at risk of the disease in the Region as of 2004. 2. Blindness is by far the most serious manifestation of onchocerciasis, afflicting up to one third of individuals living in communities hit by the ...