Impact of long-term treatment of onchocerciasis with ivermectin in Ecuador: potential for elimination of infection

@article{Vieira2007ImpactOL,
  title={Impact of long-term treatment of onchocerciasis with ivermectin in Ecuador: potential for elimination of infection},
  author={Juan Carlos Vieira and Philip J Cooper and Raquel Lovato and Tamara Mancero and Jorge Rivera and Roberto Proa{\~n}o and Andrea A L{\'o}pez and Ronald H. Guderian and Jos{\'e} Rumbea Guzm{\'a}n},
  journal={BMC Medicine},
  year={2007},
  volume={5},
  pages={9 - 9}
}
BACKGROUND Onchocerciasis is a leading cause of blindness worldwide, hence elimination of the infection is an important health priority. Community-based treatment programs with ivermectin form the basis of control programs for the disease in Latin America. The long-term administration of ivermectin could eliminate Onchocerca volvulus infection from endemic areas in Latin America. METHODS A strategy of annual to twice-annual treatments with ivermectin has been used for onchocerciasis in… CONTINUE READING
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