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Scholars Day: April 11, 2012

Lymphatic Filariasis in Southeast Asia and Sub-saharan Africa

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there are approximately 14 Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD) in the world. Lymphatic Filariasis is also known as Elephantiatis due to the nature of the disfigurement caused by it. It is a parasitic disease, found mostly in 81 countries around the world with over 120 million people worldwide affected. The purpose of the study was to trace its epidemiology in Southeast Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. A review of literature was conducted to explore the various aspects of the disease including: its pathogenic link, modes of transmission, incidence and prevalence, trends in treatment and prevention. Sources of information were websites of the WHO and peer-reviewed research. Lymphatic Filariasis, is caused by a roundworm that grows inside the host and causes severe disfigurement when the worms get trapped in the lymphatic system while disrupting the immune system. It can be readily prevented and treated, leading to its decrease in endemic countries. Mass drug administration, mosquito control and education are public health measures being taken to control it. The WHO aims to eliminate it by 2020.

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Presenters: Alexandra Restina (Undergraduate Student)
Natalie Schubel (Undergraduate Student)
Christine Wolniewicz (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: Health Science
Location: Seymour Union Main Lounge
Time: 1:15 pm Session III