Cases of River Blindness (onchocerciasis) diagnosed in Huambo, Angola

During a project to map the presence of River Blindness (onchocerciasis), 73 cases of this infection were found in Huambo. The exact location of the cases is not reported.

Advice For Travellers

This parasitic disease is spread by the bites of a black fly that lives near rivers. Usually many bites are required before infection occurs. While this infection is treatable, chronic, untreated infections may lead to blindness. Follow precautions to avoid black fly bites, e.g., covering exposed skin by wearing long-sleeved shirts, long pants, and hats and using insect repellent, .

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