n. infestation with slender threadlike roundworms (filaria) deposited under the skin by the bite of black fleas; when the eyes are involved it can result in blindness; common in Africa and tropical America [syn: onchocerciasis]
Usage examples of "river blindness".
Malaria, malnutrition, river blindness, sleeping sickness, leishmaniasis, yaws, bilharzia, and rift valley fever were everywhere in retreat under the benign rule of the Pan-African Federation.
He was said to have substituted glass powder for the expensive suspensions of tiny machines which cured river blindnessand certainly there had been more cases of river blindness the previous summer, although the Aedile attributed this to the greater numbers of biting flies which bred in the algae which choked the mud banks of the former harbor.
He was said to have substituted glass powder for the expensive suspensions of tiny machines which cured river blindness—.
The hovering flies were likely carriers of onchocerciasis (river blindness).