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  • Will Elephantiasis be a disease of the past?

    If the Carter Center has anything to say about it, lymphatic filariasis (elephantiasis) will be eliminated by 2020. Like many diseases in the tropics, elephantiasis is transmitted by mosquitoes. When an infected mosquito bites bites someone, it leaves worm larvae in the wound. The larvae swim to the lymph nodes in the person and make nests. The nests block the lymph system and cause fluid to build up. Female worms produce microscopic worms that swim in the blood of the infected person at night. A mosquito bites an infected person and picks up the worms to transmit to someone else.

    There is no cure for elephantiasis. You prevent it by using mosquito nets over beds at night and by taking de-worming medication. The Carter Center distributes netting and drugs (donated by two drug companies). The disease is referred to as elephantiasis because the later stages cause a person's skin to get hard and thick like an elephant's skin

    You can help them wipe out this disease by donating money.