Onchocerca volvulus is a nematode parasite that is spread by blackflies. It is a thread-like, white-colored worm that can grow up to several centimeters in length. It is found in tropical and subtropical regions, primarily in Africa, and is transmitted through the bite of a blackfly. The lifespan of Onchocerca volvulus is estimated to be between 10 and 15 years. The current population of the parasite is estimated to be around 37 million people.
Name Origin: Onchocerca volvulus is a parasitic nematode that is the causative agent of onchocerciasis, also known as river blindness. The name Onchocerca is derived from the Greek words "oncho" meaning "a lump or swelling" and "cerca" meaning "a worm". The species name volvulus is derived from the Latin word "volvere" meaning "to roll". This refers to the characteristic rolling motion of the parasite when observed under a microscope.
Related Species: Onchocerca ochengi, Onchocerca lienalis, Onchocerca gutturosa, Onchocerca cervicalis, Onchocerca flexuosa