The new tech revolutionizing the global fight against ancient diseases

The new tech revolutionizing the global fight against ancient diseases

River blindness, or onchocerciasis, is a nasty disease that has burdened Africa for as long as anyone can remember. The disease is spread by black flies, which drop off and pick up worms as they suck people's blood. The symptoms -- terrible itching, rotting skin and, after decades of infection, blindness -- are caused by early stage worm larvae that flood the body after adult worms mate. The river blindness medication, ivermectin, kills these baby worms effectively. But when a person harboring tens of thousands of Loa loa worms in each drop of blood takes ivermectin, all the baby worms...

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