Elephantiasis is considered the second-leading cause of disability in the world, however, the cases of this disease have reduced by 150 million.
Humanity is making progress on reducing the prevalence of the tropical disease lymphatic filariasis in the world. Scientists reviewing the journal Lancet utilized about 15,000 different global locations to project that the burden of elephantiasis was almost 199 million infections in 2000.
Elephantiasis is a disease caused by a parasitic worm, responsible for severe disabilities like lymphoedema and hydrocele.
However, there has been much improvement as the number of people having this infection has declined by 74% for the past 20 years. The number declined from 199 million to 51.4 million. According to reports, Yemen, Kiribati, and Yemen got rid of the disease altogether.
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In 2000, WHO launched a campaign to get rid of the disease which occurs across both tropics, and prevalent in Africa, Southeast Asia, and South America.
South America and Southeast Asia have always reported the highest average infection rates, and Bangladesh, Myanmar, India, and Indonesia represent 52% of global cases.
Overall, our results demonstrate the success of the Global Programme to Eliminate Lymphatic Filariasis, reflecting the contribution of donated therapeutics and community-based public health interventions to achieving elimination of a disease that is prevalent among some of the most resource-limited settings in the world.the study, published in Lancet.