My report is on elephantiasis. It is a disease that is mostly
found in the tropics. This disease is a condition in which a part
of the body becomes grossly enlarged due to a thickening of the
skin and the underlying tissues. It results from a long term
interference with the flow of lymphatic fluid away from these
tissues. The most frequently affected part is the leg. The most
common cause of lymphatic obstruction is filaries. Filaries is
caused chiefly by the species Wuchereria. When you have
elephantiasis wherever it is located your skin will become rough
and thickened like the skin of an elephant.
Over 1 billion people in 73 countries are at risk of getting
elephantiasis, and there are over 120 million people who
already have it.
New research has determined that albendazole, which has
already become a standard treatment to fight intestinal
parasites, is 99 percent effective against the parasite that
causes lymphatic filariasis. The disease, carried by mosquitoes,
often leads to elephantiasis, which is the enlargement of the
arms, legs, and genital organs.
A second major benefit of albendazole for the control of
lymphatic filariasis comes from the fact that at the same time
albendazole is attacking the filarial parasite it will also cure
infections with gastro-intestinal parasites (including hookworm)
Canine vs. Feline Heartworm: Same Parasite / Different Disease Feline Heartworm disease has caused headaches for veterinarians since it was first recognized in 1921. Although feline and canine heartworm disease are different they do have some attributes in common. Both are caused by the parasite, Dirofilaria immitis, and vectored by the mosquito. However, Veterinarians, accustomed to canine ...
It is estimated that, because nearly one-fifth of the world’s
population is at risk of infection, it will take approximately 20
years to eliminate the disease.
In men the scrotum is affected about as much as the leg.
Less often it occurs in the arm. Occasionally, it affects the
breasts or external genitals of women.
In rare cases, elephantiasis may be caused from a lot of
surgical removal of lymph nodes or from a disease other than
filariasis affecting the nodes.