KEY FACTS: LYMPHATIC FILARIASIS

Lymphatic Filariasis (Elephantiasis)

  • Nearly 1.4 billion people in 73 countries worldwide are threatened by lymphatic filariasis, commonly known as elephantiasis.

  • Over 120 million people are currently infected, with about 40 million disfigured and incapacitated by the disease.

  • Lymphatic filariasis can result in an altered lymphatic system and the abnormal enlargement of body parts, causing pain and severe disability.

  • Acute episodes of local inflammation involving the skin, lymph nodes and lymphatic vessels often accompany chronic lymphoedema.

  • To interrupt transmission WHO recommends an annual mass drug administration of single doses of two medicines to all eligible people in endemic areas.

(http://www.who.int)

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