A 44-year-old member asked:
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aside from river blindness, are there any other viral or contagious forms of blindness?

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Dr. Jeffrey Davis
16 years experience Ophthalmology
Yes: There are many viruses that can lead to blindess such as herpes simplex, herpes zoster or cytomegalovirus (almost exclusively associated with hiv).
Answered on Nov 25, 2013
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
25 years experience Psychiatry
#1 cause: Trachoma: The leading cause of infectious blindness in the world is trachoma. It is caused by a bacteria called chlamydia trachomatis.
Answered on Feb 13, 2013

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No: Onchoceriasis, or River Blindness, is caused by a parasite that is treated with antibiotics. Baths have no role in the treatment.

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