Lymphatic filariasis is also known as elephantiasis. It is a disease of the tropics characterized by grotesque swelling of the limbs and male genitalia. The disease is caused by thread-like, parasitic filarial worms, Wuchereria bancrofti, Brugia malayi and B. timori. These worms lodge in the lymphatic system. They live for 4-6 years, producing millions of tiny larvae (microfilariae) that circulate in the blood.

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Carter Center Lymphatic Filariasis Program
Provides information on this disease and the program for its elimination being undertaken in Nigeria.
CDC: Lymphatic filariasis
Information from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Filaria Journal
Archive of articles from this journal that ceased publication in 2007.
Global Alliance to Eliiminate Lymphatic Filariasis
Describes the disease, its epidemiology (including countries where it is endemic), prevention, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment; and international efforts to eradicate it.
Lymphatic filariasis
Detailed information from the World Health Organization.
Pac Elf
A group whose goal is eliminating Lymphatic Filariasis in the South Pacific by the year 2010.
TDR: Lymphatic Filariasis
Provides information on the research being undertaken into this chronic disease.
WHO: Global Programme to Eliminate Lymphatic Filariasis
Provides information on the progress of this programme which was launched in 1997 and which is being implemented in 27 countries.
WHO: Lymphatic Filariasis
Provides information on this disease caused by three species of nematode thread-like worms, Wuchereria bancrofti, Brugia malayi and Brugia timori.

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