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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.
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

Washington Post examines Haiti's efforts to fight lymphatic filariasis

Washington Post examines Haiti's efforts to fight lymphatic filariasis

Brandeis professor investigates wallpaper-like liner technology for tackling malaria

Brandeis professor investigates wallpaper-like liner technology for tackling malaria

Major effort to tackle neglected tropical diseases

Major effort to tackle neglected tropical diseases

Abbott, DNDi partner to research on new treatments for NTDs

Abbott, DNDi partner to research on new treatments for NTDs

U.K. government to increase NTD spending fivefold between 2011 and 2015

U.K. government to increase NTD spending fivefold between 2011 and 2015

International public health spending ignores neglected tropical diseases, some experts argue

International public health spending ignores neglected tropical diseases, some experts argue

Disease mapping could help control and eliminate loiasis, other NTDs, study says

Disease mapping could help control and eliminate loiasis, other NTDs, study says

Ivermectin cream demonstrates activity against head lice eggs

Ivermectin cream demonstrates activity against head lice eggs

MSU professor focuses on new formulation for old drug to treat parasitic diseases

MSU professor focuses on new formulation for old drug to treat parasitic diseases

FDA accepts Topaz's ivermectin NDA for treatment for head lice infestations

FDA accepts Topaz's ivermectin NDA for treatment for head lice infestations

Sanofi, DNDi announce three-year research collaboration for neglected tropical diseases

Sanofi, DNDi announce three-year research collaboration for neglected tropical diseases

NIAID team completes analysis of most proteins produced by elephantiasis parasite worm

NIAID team completes analysis of most proteins produced by elephantiasis parasite worm

Anacor Pharma, MMV enter agreement to develop AN3661 for malaria treatment

Anacor Pharma, MMV enter agreement to develop AN3661 for malaria treatment

ITMNs can reduce Japanese Encephalitis transmission to humans

ITMNs can reduce Japanese Encephalitis transmission to humans

Anacor and iOWH establish research agreement to identify new drugs for shigellosis

Anacor and iOWH establish research agreement to identify new drugs for shigellosis

New study on mosquito genome sequences to identify 'transposable elements'

New study on mosquito genome sequences to identify 'transposable elements'

Bill Gates' annual letter calls for focus on eradicating polio, governments to sustain foreign aid

Bill Gates' annual letter calls for focus on eradicating polio, governments to sustain foreign aid