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Elephantiasis, also known as Lymphatic filariasis is a tropical disease leading to an elephant-like skin swelling of the lower limb and genitals. Infection occurs when filarial parasites ( worms) are transmitted to humans though infected mosquito bites. Infection is usually acquired in childhood causing hidden damage to the lymphatic system. Photo by Tropenmuseum Amsterdam.

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Elephantiasis caused by lymphatic filariasis This patient was most likely infected by Wuchereria bancrofti, as Brugia malayi and Brugia timori are very regionally-specific to the areas around Timor and Malaysia. W. bancrofti was originally endemic only to West and Central Africa, until it was introduced to the Caribbean and Southern United States by the slave trade. There was an unusually high prevalence around Charleston, South Carolina, until it suddenly disappeared in the early 1920s. As…

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The Carter Center: Lymphatic Filariasis Elimination Program

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Lymphatic Filariasis Disease - Carter Center Lymphatic Filariasis Program

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Parasitic worm infection may double HIV risk: study BERLIN : People infected with a common parasitic worm may be twice as likely to acquire HIV than people who are not infected with it a new study has claimed. W bancrofti causes most cases of lymphatic filariasis or elephantiasis in sub-Saharan Africa. Lymphatic filariasis currently affects 120 million people (mostly in Asia Africa the western Pacific and parts of the Caribbean and South America) and causes abnormal enlargement of limbs…

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A young woman with Lymphatic Filariasis or Elephantiasis. Once infected the parasite can cause damage to the lymphatic system which then results in fluid collection and swelling. The most common affected area are the legs, but swelling can also occur in the arms, breasts, and genitalia.

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Huang Chuancai's case of elephantiasis of the face is considered the world's worst. Elephantiasis, or Lymphatic Filariasis, is a rare disorder of the lymphatic system caused by parasitic worms such as Wuchereria bancrofti, Brugia malayi, and B. timori, all of which are transmitted by mosquitos. Inflammation of the lymphatic vessels causes extreme enlargement of the affected area, most commonly a limb or parts of the head and torso. It occurs most commonly in tropical regions.

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