Elephantiasis in Central Africa

By: Daya Davis

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10 FACTS

  • Fewer than 1,000 US cases per year
  • It is a tropical, parasitic disease that affects the lymph nodes and lymph vessels
  • Its treatable by a medical professional
  • Requires a medical diagnosis
  • Spreads by animals or insects
  • Lab test or imaging is often required
  • Chronic: can last for years or for a lifetime
  • Its extremely rare
  • A drug taken yearly can kill the parasites
  • Can have no symptoms but some may experience swelling or swollen lymph nodes
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It is prevalent in Central Africa.The country has rich but largely unexploited natural resources. According to global data Central Africa was more of a rural population in 2015. Elephantiasis is closely associated with poverty.Antibiotics and Anti-parasite can be taken yearly to kill the parasites.It is a minor disease its very rare for people to get.This disease starts off as Lymphatic Filariasis. And 1.4 billion people in 73 countries have just that.
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