river blindness


Definition of river blindness

Examples of river blindness in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the 1970s, the company researched, developed, and distributed a drug that would eradicate river blindness—a debilitating disease that afflicted people in poor regions such as Africa and Latin America. Tima Bansal, Forbes, 6 May 2021 Treatments are needed that can cure people with river blindness and are safe to give in areas where both of these diseases are present in Central Africa. Nathalie Strub-wourgaft, STAT, 24 Nov. 2020 His public health credentials include helping to improve millions of lives with his work to eliminate guinea worm disease and river blindness as executive director of the Carter Center. Brett Murphy, USA TODAY, 6 Oct. 2020 Until that point, most of his work on outbreaks—malaria, tuberculosis, river blindness—had involved teaming up with national ministries of health. Gaia Squarci, Smithsonian Magazine, 10 Aug. 2020 Since its inception 72 years ago almost to the day, the World Health Organization (WHO) has been credited with the eradication of smallpox and the near eradication of other devastating illnesses, including leprosy and river blindness. Robert Dean Lurie, National Review, 11 Apr. 2020 Seasonality is easiest to understand for diseases spread by insects that thrive during rainy seasons, such as African sleeping sickness, chikungunya, dengue, and river blindness. Jon Cohen, Science | AAAS, 13 Mar. 2020 The chimps were infected with hepatitis and river blindness, an eye sickness caused by a parasite, as researchers developed vaccines. Danielle Paquette, Washington Post, 12 Dec. 2019 The river blindness medication, ivermectin, kills these baby worms effectively. Brian Rinker, CNN, 17 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of river blindness

1952, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of river blindness was in 1952

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12 May 2021

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“River blindness.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/river%20blindness. Accessed 21 Jun. 2021.

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