Worm infection map paves way for better treatment

According to SciDev.Net, the first ever mapping of the geographic distribution and prevalence of loa loa filariasis (loiasis) disease in Africa helped in designing better treatment strategies for river blindness and lymphatic filariasis.

Published in the journal PLoS, the map is a part of the study, The Geographic Distribution of Loa loa in Africa: Results of Large-Scale Implementation of the Rapid Assessment Procedure for Loiasis (RAPLOA). It estimated that more than 14 million people live at high-risk areas in ten African countries. The disease affects the skin and eyes, and is caused by a bite from the Loa loa worm, also known as the African eye worm.

Source: SciDev.Net

Sachiye Day, VERTICES intern. sachiye@vertices.com

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