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Lymphatic Filariasis is the worm that causes the strange disease Elephantiasis It is only found in tropical regions so people living in the northern United States do not have to fear of contracting the disease The Filariasis worm can be up to 100cm long and once they are inside of your body the female worms lay live young so there is heavy infestation within your body One thing you might be wondering is what the lymphatic system is and the lymphatic system is a string of very tiny veins that drain excess fluid The life cycle of the Filariasis is as follows First a mosquito bites an infected person and drinks the juvenile worms as it is sucking blood Next it bites another person and injects those juveniles into that persons blood system where the juveniles will grow into adults They also produce live young within your body one they reach the adult level The side effect of this infestation is massive swelling to a certain area of your body In woman it is usually in the breast or vulva region and in men it is usually in the genital area Men are more likely to contract this disease than women and adults are also more likely to contract this disease than children Scientists do not know how the disease actually started but they do have some definite treatment plans In a large area of infected persons they try to eliminate the juvenile worms the infected persons so that the mosquitoes may not pick them up As an individual person they use certain antibiotics albendazole and DEC which has been proven to kill the adult stage of the Filariasis worm The Filariasis worm infects over 43
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