River Blindness lesion

River Blindness lesion

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Caption: Filiaria skin lesion resulting from River Blindness (Onchocerciasis). It is the second leading infectious cause of blindness in the world. It is caused by Onchocerca volvulus, a parasitic nematode that can live up to fifteen years in the human body. It is transmitted through the bite of a black fly. The worms then spread throughout the body. When they die, they cause intense itching and a strong immune system response that can destroy nearby tissue, such as the eye.

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Keywords: black fly, blindness, clinical pathology, disease, filiaria, lesion, medical, nematode, onchocerca volvulus, onchocerciasis, parasite, parasitic disease, pathology, river blindess

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