Lymphatic Filariasis News and Research

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Lymphatic filariasis is a parasitic disease caused by microscopic, thread-like worms. The adult worms only live in the human lymph system. The lymph system maintains the body's fluid balance and fights infections. Lymphatic filariasis is spread from person to person by mosquitoes.

People with the disease can suffer from lymphedema and elephantiasis and in men, swelling of the scrotum, called hydrocele. Lymphatic filariasis is a leading cause of permanent disability worldwide. Communities frequently shun and reject women and men disfigured by the disease. Affected people frequently are unable to work because of their disability, and this harms their families and their communities.
New review on the epidemiology of various parasitic diseases in Malaysia

New review on the epidemiology of various parasitic diseases in Malaysia

New anti-Wolbachia drug could potentially treat onchocerciasis and lymphatic filariasis

New anti-Wolbachia drug could potentially treat onchocerciasis and lymphatic filariasis

WHO revise treatment guidelines of lymphatic filariasis due to CWRU-led study

WHO revise treatment guidelines of lymphatic filariasis due to CWRU-led study

LSTM led partnership receives funding to develop drug for treating two neglected tropical diseases

LSTM led partnership receives funding to develop drug for treating two neglected tropical diseases

Mosquito screening found to be useful for tracking recurrence of lymphatic filariasis

Mosquito screening found to be useful for tracking recurrence of lymphatic filariasis

Fruit fly research leads to potential drug for debilitating diseases caused by parasitic worms

Fruit fly research leads to potential drug for debilitating diseases caused by parasitic worms

Neglected tropical diseases to be tackled in Africa’s poorest communities

Neglected tropical diseases to be tackled in Africa’s poorest communities

LSTM researchers find new way to reduce treatment for some parasitic diseases

LSTM researchers find new way to reduce treatment for some parasitic diseases

Portable scanner can measure limb disfigurement easily in patients with elephantiasis

Portable scanner can measure limb disfigurement easily in patients with elephantiasis

WHO announces new flagship programs for African region over next two years

WHO announces new flagship programs for African region over next two years

WHO marching toward extraordinary progress against neglected tropical diseases, report reveals

WHO marching toward extraordinary progress against neglected tropical diseases, report reveals

People with lymphatic filariasis more likely to acquire HIV infection, study shows

People with lymphatic filariasis more likely to acquire HIV infection, study shows

People with filariasis show two to three-fold increased risk for HIV

People with filariasis show two to three-fold increased risk for HIV

Scientists identify transposable element in certain bird genomes

Scientists identify transposable element in certain bird genomes

PATH and SD/Alere announce commercial availability of two diagnostic tools for NTDs

PATH and SD/Alere announce commercial availability of two diagnostic tools for NTDs

Researchers receive Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation grant to eliminate neglected tropical diseases

Researchers receive Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation grant to eliminate neglected tropical diseases

Smartphone checks blood for parasitic disease

Smartphone checks blood for parasitic disease

WHO urges affected countries to increase investment in tackling neglected tropical diseases

WHO urges affected countries to increase investment in tackling neglected tropical diseases

LSTM emerges high on academic rankings

LSTM emerges high on academic rankings

COUNTDOWN research consortium focuses on neglected tropical diseases

COUNTDOWN research consortium focuses on neglected tropical diseases