• The only option once patients have the severe swelling characteristic of elephantiasis is to manage symptoms by draining fluid where possible or else to keep limbs and wounds clean. (cnn.com)
  • Scientists have sequenced the genome of a tiny threadlike worm that can live for a decade in the human body and cause the debilitating disease elephantiasis, a painful and extreme enlargement of limbs and other body parts. (nih.gov)
  • The worm that caused Hannah's elephantiasis was also once widespread. (merriam-webster.com)
  • In an interesting find it was realized that the filarial threadworm is dependant on a bacteria to survive and if the bacteria is killed the worm also will die. (bio-medicine.org)
  • The disease is caused by the filarial worm which is transmitted from one person to the other by the female mosquito when it takes a blood meal. (co.zm)
  • For individuals who are actively infected with the filarial parasite, DEC is typically the drug of choice in the United States. (nih.gov)
  • The complex outcome of the interaction between the filarial parasite and the host immune system determines the immunological outcomes including protection against pathology. (nih.gov)
  • According to the World Health Organization, elephantiasis seriously disfigures and incapacitates about 40 million people around the globe. (nih.gov)
  • Since 2015, health officials in Uganda have received reports of increasing numbers of people suffering from elephantiasis, a debilitating disease characterized by severe swelling in the limbs. (cnn.com)
  • India with over 25 million people suffering from elephantiasis must worry over how it wants to combat this deadly disease effectively. (medindia.net)
  • The Economist , "How Sierra Leone is beating tropical diseases," 23 June 2018 The team believes Nyan htoo had a condition called elephantiasis , in which a person (or, in this case, an animal) experiences swelling of body parts to the point of disfiguration. (merriam-webster.com)
  • The skin gets thick, with huge folds and protrusions, a condition called elephantiasis. (ndtv.com)
  • Microfilariae prevalence was 4.6 % (43/941) whiles 8.7 % (75/861) were positive for circulating filarial antigen. (biomedcentral.com)
  • A cure for elephantiasis is now possible in India, thanks to efforts of Institute of Applied Dermatology in Kerala's Kasaragod District. (medindia.net)