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.
300 million people in the developing world are seriously ill from intestinal worms

300 million people in the developing world are seriously ill from intestinal worms

Diseases are being neglected in wake of HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria

Diseases are being neglected in wake of HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria

Expert to help WHO in Dili, East Timor with tropical diseases

Expert to help WHO in Dili, East Timor with tropical diseases

Five million village doctors in rural China to be re-trained

Five million village doctors in rural China to be re-trained