Elephantiasis Cases Decline Globally

Despite being in the midst of a pandemic, an article recently featured in the scientific journal Lancet noted the drastic global decline in the tropical disease lymphatic filariasis.

Researchers found that in more than 15,000 locations lymphatic filariasis—also known as elephantiasis—is in decline. In 2,000 there were roughly 199 million cases globally. Currently, the infection rate has been cut by 74% from 199 million to 51.4 million.  Further, Malawi, Kiribati, and Yemen—eliminated it altogether.

Lymphatic filariasis is caused by a parasitic worm that is found in tropical regions around the globe that leads its victims to suffer severe disabilities like hydrocele and lymphoedema.

In 2000, the World Health Organization launched a campaign to eliminate the disease. Currently, South and Southeast Asia have the highest infection rates. Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, and Indonesia represent 52% of all cases globally.

The article in Lancet states, “Overall, our results demonstrate the success of the Global Programme to Eliminate Lymphatic Filariasis, reflecting the contribution of donated therapeutics and community-based public health interventions to achieving elimination of a disease that is prevalent among some of the most resource-limited settings in the world.”

Lymphatic filariasis is a preventable disease. Individuals can reduce their risk by adopting proper skin hygiene and community education.

Source: Good News Network