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Trachoma (blindness) was once endemic in Europe and the United States. European immigrants to America had their eyelids flipped and examined upon arrival at Ellis Island in New York. 99 more words

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Impact of tropical diseases

NTDs are disabling and debilitating chronic conditions that keep children out of school, keep adults from being able to work, and keep people who are already poor mired in a cycle of poverty. 83 more words

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A Blinding Burden of Epic Proportions: Trachoma

Trachoma is the leading cause of infectious blindness worldwide. The disease is a bacterial infection of the eye that is caused by chlamydia trachomatis, and though it causes irreversible blindness, trachoma can be treated if diagnosed early. 149 more words

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Elephantiasis is a syndrome most often caused by an obstruction of the lymphatic vessels, which results in extreme swelling of the skin and tissues, typically in the lower trunk and body. 116 more words

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Transmission cycle and symptoms: elephantiasis

When a mosquito with infective stage larvae bites a person, parasites enter the body and migrate to the lymphatic vessels. In the lymphatic system, the larvae develop into adult worms. 76 more words

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Lymphatic Filariasis: Elephantiasis

Lymphatic filariasis referred to as LF and also known as elephantiasis is a mosquito-borne disease that is caused by parasitic filarial nematodes. Though infection usually is acquired in childhood, the grotesquely disfiguring effect of LF is greatest in adults. 119 more words

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Transmission cycle and symptoms: Intestinal Warms

There is no direct person-to-person transmission as STH eggs need to mature in soil, and STH are therefore transmitted by parasite eggs that are passed in the feces of infected individuals. 116 more words

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