Elephantiasis

Filariasis and Elephantiasis

ELEPHANTIASIS/FILARIASIS

  • Causative agent: wuchereria /filarial worm (W.
    bancrofti and W. malayi).
  • Wuchereria is helminths.
  • Symptoms:
    •Slowly developed chronic inflammation usually
    in lymphatic vessels of lower limb.
    • The genital organs are often affected resulting
    in gross deformity.
  • Female mosquito is the vector of filariasis.
  • Control measure is preventing the spread of vector
Elephantiasis

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