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Lymphatic Filariasis

(Elephantiasis, Filarial) Parasitic infestation of the human lymphatic system by WUCHERERIA BANCROFTI or BRUGIA MALAYI. It is also called lymphatic filariasis. (D004605) Source: DECS/BIREME


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“Bancroftian” filariasis due to Wuchereria bancrofti is the only type of lymphatic filariasis present in the Americas. The infection is transmitted by infected mosquitoes and is associated with acute and chronic symptoms that can lead to disfigurement and consequently to social exclusion and stigma. Measures are being taken to eliminate lymphatic filariasis as a public health problem from the Americas. The mainstay of the strategy is mass drug administration of two anthelminthic drugs: Diethylcarbamazine citrate and Albendazole (Albenza), to all individuals living in endemic areas.

General information about this disease

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