Elephantiasis in Central Africa
By: Daya Davis
- 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
One of the insects the causes this disease to happen.
Another way this disease is infecting people.
What people might take yearly to get rid of the disease.
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.