filariasis

noun
fil·​a·​ri·​a·​sis | \ ˌfi-lə-ˈrī-ə-səs How to pronounce filariasis (audio) \
plural filariases\ ˌfi-​lə-​ˈrī-​ə-​ˌsēz How to pronounce filariases (audio) \

Definition of filariasis

: infestation with or disease caused by filariae

Examples of filariasis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Skeeters are vectors for a host of nasty diseases, including malaria, dengue, West Nile, yellow fever, Zika, chikungunya, and lymphatic filariasis. Bill Heavey, Field & Stream, "The 12 Deadliest Insects in the World," 19 Oct. 2020 He was recognized by the World Health Organization for his work in the Cook Islands helping stamp out the tropical disease lymphatic filariasis, commonly known as elephantiasis. Nick Perry, Star Tribune, "Former Cook Islands leader dies from virus in New Zealand," 5 Sep. 2020 Mosquitoes can spread diseases such as malaria, dengue, West Nile, yellow fever, Zika, chikungunya, and lymphatic filariasis and kills more people than any other creature in the world, according to the CDC. N'dea Yancey-bragg, USA TODAY, "'Murder Hornets' are in the United States. These other dangerous bugs are more common," 4 May 2020 According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, lymphatic filariasis affects more than 120 million people in 72 countries in the tropics and subtropics of Asia, Africa, the Western Pacific, and parts of the Caribbean and South America. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Man has massive, rotting scrotum removed after avoiding doctors for decades," 18 Oct. 2019 In 2000, the WHO started a global campaign to eliminate the condition; since then, numerous countries, including Tonga, China, Cambodia, South Korea and Vanuatu, have eradicated lymphatic filariasis as a public health problem. Author: Amy B Wang, Alaska Dispatch News, "This bear’s tongue was ‘monstrously’ enlarged. A team of vets gave him a second chance at life.," 27 Oct. 2017 The mosquito-borne condition, also known as lymphatic filariasis, is common in certain populations of the world, including Myanmar. Author: Amy B Wang, Alaska Dispatch News, "This bear’s tongue was ‘monstrously’ enlarged. A team of vets gave him a second chance at life.," 27 Oct. 2017 In fact, lymphatic filariasis and intestinal worm treatments share a drug treatment: albendazole. University Of Washington, The Seattle Times, "Putting an end to intestinal worms," 31 Aug. 2017 About 40 million people are disfigured or disabled by the disease, called lymphatic filariasis, the World Health Organization estimates. Donald G. Mcneil Jr., New York Times, "Volcanic Minerals, Not Worms, Caused Disease Outbreak in Uganda," 10 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of filariasis

1879, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for filariasis

New Latin

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“Filariasis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/filariasis. Accessed 3 Dec. 2020.

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filariasis

noun
fil·​a·​ri·​a·​sis
variants: also filariosis \ ˌfil-​ə-​ˈrī-​ə-​səs How to pronounce filariosis (audio) \
plural filariases also filarioses\ -​ˌsēz How to pronounce filarioses (audio) \

Medical Definition of filariasis

: infestation with or disease caused by filariae

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