Onchocerciasis is a parasitic disease caused by the filarial worm Onchocerca volvulus. It is transmitted through the bites of infected blackflies of Simulium species, which carry immature larval forms of the parasite from human to human. In the human body, the larvae form nodules in the subcutaneous tissue, where they mature to adult worms. After mating, the female adult worm can release up to 1000 microfilariae a day. These move through the body, and when they die they cause a variety of conditions, including blindness, skin rashes, lesions, intense itching and skin depigmentation’. Stated by the World Health Organisation.

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Onchocerciasis occurs where there are fast-flowing rivers

In a number of countries, onchocerciasis has been controlled through spraying of blackfly breeding sites with insecticide. Areas in the Northern and Western Provinces of Zambia are effected by this dihabiliting disease. One in ten people suffer from the condition. Currently there is no preventative method available in Zambia. Mozzimort Larvicide could change this. Working with Biotech International The Butterfly Tree is to be given a license to import and distribute the product, which prevent hundreds of people contracting Onchocerciasis as well as being effective for our malaria prevention program.