river blindness

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Fifteen years ago as much as half the population was infected with the worm that causes onchocerciasis, or river blindness (see map). The Economist, "How Sierra Leone is beating tropical diseases," 23 June 2018 Several years ago, Fletcher and his team had never heard of river blindness and knew very little about neglected tropical diseases in general. Brian Rinker, CNN, "New tech revolutionizes fight against ancient diseases in Africa, Asia," 17 Apr. 2018 The river blindness medication, ivermectin, kills these baby worms effectively. Brian Rinker, CNN, "New tech revolutionizes fight against ancient diseases in Africa, Asia," 17 Apr. 2018 Earlier studies showed that ivermectin, developed in the 1980s to fight parasites that cause river blindness and elephantitis, turns the blood of patients deadly to mosquitoes a short time after treatment, reported National Public Radio. Don Sweeney, sacbee, "A pill could make your blood poisonous to mosquitoes, research shows | The Sacramento Bee," 29 Mar. 2018 Cholera, lung cancer and river blindness no longer threaten us. Jules Julien, Smithsonian, "What Will Our Society Look Like When Artificial Intelligence Is Everywhere?," 21 Mar. 2018 In the 1980s, Merck developed a treatment for river blindness and opted to give it away. David Gelles, The Seattle Times, "Merck CEO who stood up to Trump speaks out," 25 Feb. 2018 In the 1980s, Merck developed a treatment for river blindness, and opted to give it away. David Gelles, New York Times, "The C.E.O. Who Stood Up to President Trump: Ken Frazier Speaks Out," 19 Feb. 2018

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river blindness

noun
riv·er blindness | \ˈriv-ər- \

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