Lymphatic Filariasis (Elephantiasis)

Lymphatic Filariasis is a type of infection with several thread-like parasitic worms and is a disease of the tropics. A common type of filariasis is the infection with a parasitic worm living in the human lymph system. The parasite is spread by infected mosquitoes from one person to another.

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Long term exposure causes lymph system damage and other serious complications. There are 3 different worms that cause Filariasis:  Brugia timori, Wuchereria bancrofti and Brugia malayi. Symptoms after exposure usually occur within 5-18 months after the mosquito bite.

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