December 15, 2008
Black flies blind river villagers in Tanzania

River blindness, or Onchocerciasis, affects almost 40 million people — most of them in Africa. Typically transmitted through the bite of black flies, which breed in water, the disease persists despite efforts towards eradication.

Worldfocus contributor Samuel Loewenberg travels to the east African country of Tanzania to look at the impact of river blindness on one village, where the only source of water is also a breeding ground for disease.

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#6

Utterly ridiculous and misleading. All black flies have aquatic larval and pupal stages in running water only. In Africa, some of the 30+ species of the ‘Simulium Edwardsellum damnosum’ sibling species complex and some in the ‘S. neavei’ group (generally upland, living commensally on freshwater crabs) transmit the disease from human to human. Water is most definitely not involved in river blindness transmission, only the breeding of black flies.
Further, check out the VERY successful results of WHO Onchocerciasis Control Programmes in West Africa.

#5

I mentioned earlier that it sounds familiar to a disease going around nationwide called MOrgellons. The person gets lessions and insects crawl out of the skin and so on. I think just think that maybe riverblindness and morgellons may have something in common or have a connection

#4

nk you

#3

It sounds familiar to a disease named Morgellons

#2

Strong Work!

#1

colloidal silver will cure these people. It’s easy to make. And very cheap. I make it myself at home.

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