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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 as well It is estimated that because nearly one-fifth of the worlds 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
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