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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.
Q&A: COVID-19 pandemic has widened gender inequities in health

Q&A: COVID-19 pandemic has widened gender inequities in health

New drug targeting LF and onchocerciasis begins its first in human trial in Liverpool

New drug targeting LF and onchocerciasis begins its first in human trial in Liverpool

WHO and Sanofi sign new agreement to sustain specific efforts to eliminate NTDs

WHO and Sanofi sign new agreement to sustain specific efforts to eliminate NTDs

Researchers examine whether community administration of ivermectin influences malaria transmission

Researchers examine whether community administration of ivermectin influences malaria transmission

Infrared thermal imaging camera can help monitor the progression of lymphatic filariasis

Infrared thermal imaging camera can help monitor the progression of lymphatic filariasis

WHO releases new strategy on water, sanitation and hygiene to end neglected tropical diseases

WHO releases new strategy on water, sanitation and hygiene to end neglected tropical diseases

New evidence supports ivermectin use in children weighing less than fifteen kilograms

New evidence supports ivermectin use in children weighing less than fifteen kilograms

Could Ivermectin be an effective antiviral against SARS-CoV-2?

Could Ivermectin be an effective antiviral against SARS-CoV-2?

Scientists decipher the structure of protein found in parasites that cause neglected tropical diseases

Scientists decipher the structure of protein found in parasites that cause neglected tropical diseases

Researchers receive $2.95 million grant to create improved diagnostics for worm infections

Researchers receive $2.95 million grant to create improved diagnostics for worm infections

Researchers identify traditional Ghanaian medicines to eradicate neglected tropical diseases

Researchers identify traditional Ghanaian medicines to eradicate neglected tropical diseases

World Health Organization, Sanofi sign new agreement to eliminate neglected tropical diseases

World Health Organization, Sanofi sign new agreement to eliminate neglected tropical diseases

Illustrations by Nigerian artist kickstart debate on neglected tropical disease

Illustrations by Nigerian artist kickstart debate on neglected tropical disease

Despite COVID-19 setbacks, WHO aims to eliminate lymphatic filariasis by 2030

Despite COVID-19 setbacks, WHO aims to eliminate lymphatic filariasis by 2030

Study shows how common drug paralyzes the parasites that cause elephantiasis

Study shows how common drug paralyzes the parasites that cause elephantiasis

Study identifies three potential drugs to eradicate parasitic worms

Study identifies three potential drugs to eradicate parasitic worms

Study uncovers how schistosome worms trick the host's immune system

Study uncovers how schistosome worms trick the host's immune system

Using genomics to identify promising novel treatment for lymphatic filariasis

Using genomics to identify promising novel treatment for lymphatic filariasis

Common gout medications can kill elephantiasis-causing parasites

Common gout medications can kill elephantiasis-causing parasites

Molecular changes are linked with adverse events following treatment of lymphatic filariasis

Molecular changes are linked with adverse events following treatment of lymphatic filariasis