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Publication date: 
May 22, 2019

Onchocerciasis is a neglected tropical disease with numerous symptoms and side effects, and when left untreated can lead to permanent blindness or skin disease. This database is an attempt to combine onchocerciasis prevalence data from peer-reviewed publications into a single open-source dataset. The process followed to extract and format the information has been detailed in this paper. A total of 14,043 unique location, diagnostic, age and sex-specific records from 1975–2017 have been collected, organized and marked for collapse where a single geo-position is shared between multiple records. The locations vary from single villages up to smaller administrative units and onchocerciasis control program-defined foci. This resulting database can be used to by the global health community to advance understanding of the distribution of onchocerciasis infection and disease.


Hill E, Hall J, Letourneau ID, Donkers K, Shirude S, Pigott DM, Hay SI, Cromwell EA. A database of geopositioned onchocerciasis prevalence data. Scientific Data. 22 May 2019. doi:10.1038/s41597-019-0079-5.