"Scientists at the University of Liverpool have found that the worm
which causes River Blindness survives by using a bacterium to provide
energy, as well as help ‘trick’ the body’s immune system into thinking
it is fighting a different kind of infection," reports Midwest Lens. "River Blindness affects 37 million people, mainly in sub-Saharan
Africa, causing intense itching of the skin, visual impairment and in
severe cases, irreversible blindness. It is caused by a parasitic worm
that is transmitted by blood-feeding blackflies, which breed in
fast-flowing rivers." Read more.