Countdown to Zero: Lymphatic Filariasis
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Disease agent: Three species of nematode worm: Wucheria bancrofti, Brugia malayi, and Brugia timori
The threat: About 120 million people are currently infected, with nearly 1.4 billion people in 73 countries under threat.
How infection spreads: Through mosquito bites, which transmit these worms’ larvae. The worms damage the lymphatic system, causing painful, disfiguring, and disabling swelling.
Defeating the disease: Drug treatment and bed nets can prevent transmission.
Eradication potential: Identified by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a candidate for eradication.
What does it take to wipe out a disease? Find out in the new exhibition Countdown to Zero: Defeating Disease, which opens on Tuesday, January 13.
The full story appears in the Winter issue of Rotunda, the Member magazine.