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Countdown to Zero: Lymphatic Filariasis

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Lymphatic filariasis patients must regularly wash limbs affected by elephantiasis to prevent bacterial infections. Usha, 49, contracted lymphatic filariasis when she was just 13. She believes she has lost the best years of her life to the disease.
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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.