Published on: October 22, 2023

Lymphatic filariasis

Lymphatic filariasis

Why in news? Lao PDR becomes second country in 2023 after Bangladesh to eliminate lymphatic filariasis


  • This is the country’s second neglected tropical disease (NTD) to be eliminated in six years, following the elimination of trachoma as a public health hazard in 2017.
  • According to the WHO progress report, the disease Nineteen countries have been able to eliminate LF till date
  • Lymphatic filariasis is considered as a globally neglected tropical disease (NTD)

About Lymphatic filariasis

  • Specialty-Infectious diseases
  • Symptoms
  • Most cases have no symptoms
  • severe swelling of the arms, legs or breasts
  • Causes-Filarial worms spread by mosquitoes
  • Features
    • It is a human disease caused by parasitic worms
    • It is the first of the mosquito-borne diseases to have been identified
    • Can be prevented by treating entire groups through process known as mass deworming
    • Elephantiasis caused by lymphatic filariasis is one of the most common causes of permanent disability in the world.
  • Occurrence -In tropical and subtropical regions of Africa, Asia, Central America, the Caribbean, and South America, and certain Pacific Island nations