Author Uses Spotlight to Expose Black Fever Disease

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Zangba Thomson, utilizes his debut novel, Three Black Boys (The Authorized Version), to shine light on a deadly topic, Visceral Leishmaniasis, commonly known as Black Fever Disease (BFD), one of the most neglected diseases of our generation.

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BFD spreads via the bite of an infected sand fly. If left untreated, its victims suffer from anemia, fever, weight loss, and enlargement of their spleens and livers.

In the novel, Mrs. Harris, an immigrant from India, is plagued with BFD. With a couple of months to live, her only hope of survival is a costly liver transplant, but with no health insurance, the chance of a surgery is slim. What she needs is a quarter of a million dollars in cash.

Barnes, her only son, along with his two friends, Demus, and Baker, spring into dangerous action to get the money. Although their road is paved with good intentions, the brothers in arms will be in for more than a few surprises, and a whole lot of heat.

BFD is common in 62 countries, and the number of new BFD cases per year is estimated at 500,000. With the exception of malaria, BFD kills approximately 60,000 people a year, more than any other parasitic disease. Over 90% of all BFD cases occur in rural communities of India, Bangladesh, Sudan, Brazil, and Nepal.    

In his attempt to help fight BFD, the author has partnered with the Institute for OneWorld Health, the first nonprofit pharmaceutical company in the United States, and a percentage of the proceeds from the sale of each Three Black Boys (The Authorized Version) novel will be donated to the Institute for OneWorld Health to help eradicate BFD.

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About the author:

Zangba Thomson was born in Bong Mines, Liberia, raised in Jamaica, Queens, and majored in Journalism/Creative Writing at York College. Three Black Boys (The Authorized Version) is his first novel and can be purchased at


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