Fun Facts


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     Onchocerca volvulus is a very exciting parasite with many interesting facts! Here are just a few that will make you want to deepen your knowledge of this parasite even more!

     This parasite can affect different parts of the human body depending on where it is located geographically. InA Man Affected with Onchocerciasis Africa most of the ‘bites’ occur below the waist around the pelvic area. Another parasite that causes swelling below the waist is Brugia malayi, which causes the common diease known as elephantitis. These areas of swollen skin are often called ‘hanging groins’ in Africa which is caused by the loss of skin elasticity which causes the skin to hang. This parasite is also known to cause hernias in females in Africa as well. A Woman's Head Bumps from Onchocerciasis 
      This parasite was most likely carried by African slaves before it reached Central America. In Central America these regions of inflammation are usually found above the waist in areas of the neck and head. These regions are again based on the preference of the flies ‘bite’ in different geographical areas. All of these skin lumps are usually benign with disfigurement but cause no pain or unwell health.

 After learning about how and where this parasite can host on you, How can you get rid of this terrible parasite?  
There are several studies being conducted today to help find a cure for Onchocerciasis which is the disease of Onchocerca volvulus. Today, the most common treatment is chemotherapy with the prescription drug Ivermectin which is used for ringworm infections. There are currently no drugs made specifically for Onchocerciasis. There are also many campaigns in places such as Africa and Central America where Onchocerciasis is most commonly found in that help raise awareness and protect the people living in these areas (Schmidt 2009).

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