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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.
LSTM and University of Liverpool receive GHIT Fund to target lymphatic filariasis and onchocerciasis

LSTM and University of Liverpool receive GHIT Fund to target lymphatic filariasis and onchocerciasis

Indonesia's commitment, investment in eliminating NTDs could lift millions of people out of poverty

Indonesia's commitment, investment in eliminating NTDs could lift millions of people out of poverty

Viewpoints: The battle over one woman's medical story; why Mass. didn't see a wave of cancellations; politicians' love of anecdotes

Viewpoints: The battle over one woman's medical story; why Mass. didn't see a wave of cancellations; politicians' love of anecdotes

Eisai supplies diethylcarbamazine citrate 100 mg tablets to WHO

Eisai supplies diethylcarbamazine citrate 100 mg tablets to WHO

LSTM professor awarded The Manson Medal for outstanding contribution in field of tropical medicine

LSTM professor awarded The Manson Medal for outstanding contribution in field of tropical medicine

Low-cost intervention reduces transmission of lymphatic filariasis to undetectable levels

Low-cost intervention reduces transmission of lymphatic filariasis to undetectable levels

Human filariasis research: an interview with Professor Mark Taylor, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine

Human filariasis research: an interview with Professor Mark Taylor, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine

Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine receives US$ 10 million to continue research against human filariasis

Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine receives US$ 10 million to continue research against human filariasis

Sustained engagement, partnership needed to implement new treatments for neglected diseases

Sustained engagement, partnership needed to implement new treatments for neglected diseases

Queen's University Belfast scientists awarded research grants to tackle tropical diseases

Queen's University Belfast scientists awarded research grants to tackle tropical diseases

New diagnostic test for lymphatic filariasis

New diagnostic test for lymphatic filariasis

Three steps to eliminating NTDs

Three steps to eliminating NTDs

VOA News reports on pilot program against lymphatic filariasis in Nigeria

VOA News reports on pilot program against lymphatic filariasis in Nigeria

Anacor signs research agreement to discover drug candidates to treat neglected diseases

Anacor signs research agreement to discover drug candidates to treat neglected diseases

New Pope will need to consider burden of NTDs

New Pope will need to consider burden of NTDs

Disease eradication efforts set sights on polio, Guinea worm

Disease eradication efforts set sights on polio, Guinea worm

Lancet commentary cautiously optimistic about public health system in Haiti

Lancet commentary cautiously optimistic about public health system in Haiti

WHO reports unprecedented progress against 17 neglected tropical diseases

WHO reports unprecedented progress against 17 neglected tropical diseases

UCSF teams to study new ways to reduce childhood mortality and disease in developing nations

UCSF teams to study new ways to reduce childhood mortality and disease in developing nations

NEJM examines global disease eradication efforts

NEJM examines global disease eradication efforts