Nigeria: 'How Neglected Diseases Ravage Kaduna LGAs'

[Daily Trust] Zaria -The Neglected Tropical Diseases: Onchocerciasis (River Blindness), and Lymphatic Filariasis (Elephanthiatis), are diseases that can kill yet not given adequate attention in Kaduna State, Sight Savers, an international non-governmental organisation has said.
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by Chelsea Fischer, Iosune Ibiricu Urriza, Christina A. Bulman, KC Lim, Jiri Gut, Sophie Lachau-Durand, Marc Engelen, Ludo Quirynen, Fetene Tekle, Benny Baeten, Brenda Beerntsen, Sara Lustigman, Judy Sakanari River blindness and lymphatic filariasis are two filarial diseases that globally affect millions of people mostly in impoverished countries. Current mass drug administration programs rely on drugs that primarily target the microfilariae, which are released from adult female worms. The female worms can live for several years, releasing millions of microfilariae throughout the course of infection. Thus, to stop transmi...
Source: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases - Category: Tropical Medicine Authors: Source Type: research
Onchocerciasis, or river blindness, is a dermal filariasis caused by infection with the nematode parasite Onchocerca volvulus, transmitted to humans through the bites of blackflies of the genus Simulium. Despite ...
Source: Parasites and Vectors - Category: Microbiology Authors: Tags: Research Source Type: research
ConclusionKeen observation on the part of physicians is mandatory during the administration of ivermectin for quick recognition and prevention of this adverse drug reaction.
Source: Journal of Medical Case Reports - Category: General Medicine Source Type: research
Conclusions/SignificanceWHO criteria have been met, therefore MDA in Bioko Island can be stopped. Three years of post-treatment surveillance should be implemented to identify any new occurrences of exposure or infection.
Source: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases - Category: Tropical Medicine Authors: Source Type: research
LITFL • Life in the Fast Lane Medical Blog LITFL • Life in the Fast Lane Medical Blog - Emergency medicine and critical care medical education blog Just when you thought your brain could unwind on a Friday, you realise that it would rather be challenged with some good old fashioned medical trivia FFFF…introducing Funtabulously Frivolous Friday Five 235 and infectious diseases / animal theme. Readers can subscribe to FFFF RSS or subscribe to the FFFF weekly EMAIL Question 1: What tropical disease will give you Leopard or Lizard skin? + Reveal the Funtabulous Answer expand(document.getElementById('dde...
Source: Life in the Fast Lane - Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Tags: Frivolous Friday Five bull neck diphtheria Elephantiasis leonine facies leopard skin leprosy lion facies lizard skin lymphatic filariasis marasmus monkey facies onchocerciasis Source Type: blogs
The objective of this work was to update onchocerciasis elimination progress in Bioko Island, after 18 years of mass ivermectin intervention, and the general filariasis situation through a rapid and accurate molecular method. A cross-sectional study was conducted in Bioko Island from mid-January to mid-February 2014. A total of 543 subjects were included in the study. Whole blood and one skin snip (from lumbar regions) were analysed with a real time PCR assay. Two other skin biopsies were analysed by an expert microscopist. All positive samples were confirmed by sequencing. Traditional microscopic examination of the skin b...
Source: Acta Tropica - Category: Infectious Diseases Authors: Tags: Acta Trop Source Type: research
Abstract Approximately 100 million people suffer from filarial diseases including lymphatic filariasis (elephantiasis), onchocerciasis (river blindness) and loiasis. These diseases are amongst the most devastating of the neglected tropical diseases in terms of social and economic impact. Moreover, many infection-induced immune mechanisms in the host, their relationship to disease-related symptoms and the development of pathology within the site of infection remain unclear. To improve on current drug therapies or vaccines, further studies are necessary to decipher the mechanisms behind filaria-driven immune respons...
Source: International Journal for Parasitology - Category: Parasitology Authors: Tags: Int J Parasitol Source Type: research
Abstract The capacity of vector insect surveillance to provide estimates of pathogen prevalence and transmission potential has long been recognized within the global communities tasked with eliminating lymphatic filariasis (LF), the underlying cause of elephantiasis and hydrocele, and onchocerciasis (river blindness). Initially restricted to the practice of dissection, the potential of vector monitoring has grown due to the advent of molecular methods capable of increasing the sensitivity and throughput of testing. However, despite such advancement, operational research gaps remain. If insufficiently addressed, th...
Source: Trends in Parasitology - Category: Parasitology Authors: Tags: Trends Parasitol Source Type: research
Dateline City: KENILWORTH, N.J.KENILWORTH, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Merck, known as MSD outside the United States and Canada, announced today a $300,000 cash donation to support non-governmental organization (NGO) partners working to eliminate river blindness (onchocerciasis) and lymphatic filariasis (LF) in Africa.Language: EnglishContact: Merck:Claire Gillespie, 267-305-0932Jeanine Clemente, 908-740-6268orMDP:Joni Lawrence, 404-687-5610Yao Sodahlon, 404-371-1460Ticker Slug:Ticker:MRKExchange:NYSE @Merckread more
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[Citizen] Geneva -Here in Geneva, a child is depicted in a statue leading a blind man, who is affected by river blindness--one of Tanzania's five most common neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). Other NTDs being trachoma, lymphatic filariasis, sleeping sickness, soil-transmitted worms and leprosy.
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - Category: African Health Source Type: news
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