African health/ Disease
10 Facts about elaphantiasis
- skin hardens as a result of swelling
- occurs as a reaction to certain soil types
- 2 types: filarial and non filarial
- filarial- when a worm enters the Lymphatic system
- filarial makes up 90% of elephantiasis cases
- this worm is carried by mosquitos
- worm is 1-4 in
- Worms give off toxins that dilate the lymphatic vessels
- a lot of fluids accumulate
- inflammation of lymph nodes
What region of Africa it's prevalent in ?
- All regions
- Is the region of Africa typically rich/poor, urban/rural ?
- Poor / rural
- what role does poverty play in this disease ?
- They don't have access to mosquito nets.
- Is the disease curable?
- Yes, it is curable the bacteria and worms that cause elephantiasis can be completely killed completely killed by taking DEC tablets for a long period of time.
- How it's impacting Africa ?
- 40 million Africans have this disease
- Is it a major or minor disease there?
- This is a major disease because it disables people so they would no longer be able to work which is extremely important in common African lifestyles
- What can Africa do to limit this disease?
- access to mosquito nets can limit this disease