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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.
Discovery of anti-parasitic drug mechanism could lead to new treatments for filarial diseases

Discovery of anti-parasitic drug mechanism could lead to new treatments for filarial diseases

Officials discuss leadership, donor commitments, eliminating leprosy at start of WHO Western Pacific Region Committee Session

Officials discuss leadership, donor commitments, eliminating leprosy at start of WHO Western Pacific Region Committee Session

Researchers examine new genes to control mosquito-borne diseases

Researchers examine new genes to control mosquito-borne diseases

Study finds evidence that single-disease initiatives may compromise fragile health systems in low-income countries

Study finds evidence that single-disease initiatives may compromise fragile health systems in low-income countries

Scientists produce atlas of worm infection prevalence, distribution throughout Africa

Scientists produce atlas of worm infection prevalence, distribution throughout Africa

MMV joins Pool for Open Innovation against neglected tropical diseases

MMV joins Pool for Open Innovation against neglected tropical diseases

Community-based lymphatic filariasis education increases treatment compliance up to 90%: Study

Community-based lymphatic filariasis education increases treatment compliance up to 90%: Study

Merck proposes to initiate Phase II proof-of-concept clinical study of posaconazole for chronic Chagas disease

Merck proposes to initiate Phase II proof-of-concept clinical study of posaconazole for chronic Chagas disease

Global Programme seeks to eliminate Lymphatic Filariasis by 2020

Global Programme seeks to eliminate Lymphatic Filariasis by 2020

GSK's 2009 Corporate Responsibility Report published online

GSK's 2009 Corporate Responsibility Report published online

GSK to offer flexible drug pricing in middle-income countries

GSK to offer flexible drug pricing in middle-income countries

Free online training Webinars to prepare nurses for continued relief efforts in Haiti launched

Free online training Webinars to prepare nurses for continued relief efforts in Haiti launched

Elephantiasis and river blindness: MSU researcher receives $2M for reformulating flubendazole

Elephantiasis and river blindness: MSU researcher receives $2M for reformulating flubendazole

More details on Obama's global health strategy expected along with budget release, Wall Street Journal reports

More details on Obama's global health strategy expected along with budget release, Wall Street Journal reports

Global health community to be engaged in using resources of GSK and Alnylam IP Pool

Global health community to be engaged in using resources of GSK and Alnylam IP Pool

UK DFID awards CNTD £10M in elimination of elephantiasis initiative

UK DFID awards CNTD £10M in elimination of elephantiasis initiative

Haiti, Dominican Republic leaders aim to eradicate malaria, lymphatic filariasis by 2020, funding unclear

Haiti, Dominican Republic leaders aim to eradicate malaria, lymphatic filariasis by 2020, funding unclear

Clinton Global Initiative to raise awareness and funding for NTD control and elimination

Clinton Global Initiative to raise awareness and funding for NTD control and elimination

DNA "barcodes" used to map mosquito species in West Africa that spread lymphatic filariasis

DNA "barcodes" used to map mosquito species in West Africa that spread lymphatic filariasis

Waging war on tropical diseases may be key to U.S. foreign policy

Waging war on tropical diseases may be key to U.S. foreign policy