The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that this parasitic disease affects 120 million people in 80 countries. The disease is spread from person to person by mosquito bites. The mosquito bite results in an infection of the person's lymphatic system with microscopic worms (filariae). Lymphatic filariasis (LF) is also known as Elephantiasis.
This very painful, disfiguring and disabling disease is usually acquired in childhood and manifested in adulthood. According to the World Health Organization, lymphatic filariasis has a major destructive affect on social, agricultural and economic conditions in all countries where the disease is endemic.
Read about Fr. Tom Streit's work to eliminate lymphatic filiariasis in Haiti through the University of Notre Dame Haiti Program.
A CDC Photo of an Aedes aegypti female mosquito taking a blood meal. Species of the genera Aedes, Anopheles, Culex quinquefasciatus and Mansonia carry the larvae that cause lymphatic filariasis.
CDC Photo - A patient with lymphedemia resulting from lymphatic filariasis
To Read About Lymphatic Filariasis
Lymphatic Filariasis Home (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) Topics include: lymphatic filariasis faq, epidemiology and risk factors, disease features, diagnosis and treatment, prevention and control, and organizations working to eliminate LF.
Lymphatic Filariasis Elimination Program (The Carter Center )
Lymphatic filariasis: the disease (World Health Organization)