Ecuador declared by WHO as free of River Blindness (onchocerciasis)

Posted on October 4, 2014 • Filed under: Ecuador, Latin America Health reported Merck, known as MSD outside the United States and Canada, applauds the government of Ecuador on being the second country in the world to receive World Health Organization (WHO) verification of the elimination of river blindness (onchocerciasis) using MECTIZAN® (ivermectin).

Ecuador worked in partnership with the MECTIZAN Donation Program and The Carter Center-sponsored Onchocerciasis Elimination Program for the Americas, as well as the Pan American Health Organization, the Regional Office for the Americas of the World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO), to eliminate onchocerciasis – one of the leading causes of preventable blindness worldwide. Read Article

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