Funding for this research was provided by:
Onchocerciasis Elimination Program for the Americas
Ministerio de Salud del Ecuador
Hospital Vozandes de Quito
The Mectizan Donation Program
Received: 11 December 2017
Accepted: 16 April 2018
First Online: 24 April 2018
Ethics approval and consent to participate
: The distribution of drugs, the collection of skin and blood samples as part of the national elimination programme, as well as the collection of vectors, was approved and monitored by the National Ministry of Health as being ethical, safe, and of benefit to the local people. All the activities of the National Elimination Programme for Onchocerciasis complied with current national and international regulations and standards for biomedical research in human subjects.
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