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What is elephantiasis?

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This is a very rare condition that’s spread by mosquitos. It’s also called lymphatic filariasis. Your arms, legs, breasts, and penis can swell up. The affected skin can thicken and harden to look something like an elephant’s skin.

It’s more common to people who live in tropical or subtropical areas.

SOURCES:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: “Mosquito Bite Prevention for Travelers.”

National Organization for Rare Disorders: “Elephantiasis.”

World Health Organization: “Lymphatic filariasis.”

CDC: “Parasites: Lymphatic filariasis.”  

Stanford University: “Lymphatic filariasis: Prevention and Treatment.”

 

 

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on August 09, 2018

SOURCES:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: “Mosquito Bite Prevention for Travelers.”

National Organization for Rare Disorders: “Elephantiasis.”

World Health Organization: “Lymphatic filariasis.”

CDC: “Parasites: Lymphatic filariasis.”  

Stanford University: “Lymphatic filariasis: Prevention and Treatment.”

 

 

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on August 09, 2018

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