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.
Mosquitoes smell DEET and stay away

Mosquitoes smell DEET and stay away

More attention to neglected tropical diseases

More attention to neglected tropical diseases

Doxycycline effective against filariasis in Southeast Asia

Doxycycline effective against filariasis in Southeast Asia

Study paves way for mass co-delivery of three antiparasitic drugs

Study paves way for mass co-delivery of three antiparasitic drugs

Neglected tropical diseases, lymphatic filariasis, trachoma, leishmaniasis, onchocerciasis and schistosomiasis

Neglected tropical diseases, lymphatic filariasis, trachoma, leishmaniasis, onchocerciasis and schistosomiasis

Lymphatic filariasis causes devastating social and economic losses

Lymphatic filariasis causes devastating social and economic losses

Mass drug treatment for elephantiasis is affordable compared with other public health programs

Mass drug treatment for elephantiasis is affordable compared with other public health programs

WHO-based tropical disease research programme to focus on emerging diseases

WHO-based tropical disease research programme to focus on emerging diseases

Bold proposal to restructure drug development patents

Bold proposal to restructure drug development patents

Drug-enriched salt could prevent elephantiasis

Drug-enriched salt could prevent elephantiasis

WHO unveils new strategy to fight some of the most neglected tropical diseases

WHO unveils new strategy to fight some of the most neglected tropical diseases

Waterborne infectious diseases could soon be consigned to history

Waterborne infectious diseases could soon be consigned to history

China free of lymphatic filariasis

China free of lymphatic filariasis

Clear evidence that elephantiasis can be eliminated

Clear evidence that elephantiasis can be eliminated

Egyptian program to eliminate elephantiasis successful

Egyptian program to eliminate elephantiasis successful

Controlling neglected diseases will boost fight against HIV, TB and Malaria

Controlling neglected diseases will boost fight against HIV, TB and Malaria

Tropical diseases such as sleeping sickness, schistosomiasis, river blindness, hookworm, elephantiasis, and blinding trachoma are being ignored

Tropical diseases such as sleeping sickness, schistosomiasis, river blindness, hookworm, elephantiasis, and blinding trachoma are being ignored

First new treatment for Elephantiasis (lymphatic filariasis)

First new treatment for Elephantiasis (lymphatic filariasis)

Single course of one antibiotic can successfully treat elephantiasis

Single course of one antibiotic can successfully treat elephantiasis

Wolbachia genome reveals new targets to combat infectious disease

Wolbachia genome reveals new targets to combat infectious disease