Top 10 Eradicable Diseases


River Blindness

Another tiny worm, another devastating disease. The worm this time is Onchocerca volvulus, which can be found inside infected blackflies. The disease is passed to a person after being bitten by a blackfly. Known as onchocerciasis, or river blindness, the symptoms range from skin rash, eye lesions that cause blindness and bumps under the skin. Onchocerciasis used to be a main cause of preventable blindness and skin disease, but thanks to efforts by the World Health Organization (WHO), this has changed.