filariasis

noun
fil·a·ri·a·sis | \ ˌfi-lə-ˈrī-ə-səs \
plural filariases\ˌfi-lə-ˈrī-ə-ˌsēz \

Definition of filariasis 

: infestation with or disease caused by filariae

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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 Most had swelling in both feet, while filariasis tends to affect one leg. Donald G. Mcneil Jr., New York Times, "Volcanic Minerals, Not Worms, Caused Disease Outbreak in Uganda," 10 Apr. 2017 That symptom — scrotums so huge that, in extreme cases, they must be carried in wheelbarrows — is even more common than swollen legs among victims of lymphatic filariasis. Donald G. Mcneil Jr., New York Times, "Volcanic Minerals, Not Worms, Caused Disease Outbreak in Uganda," 10 Apr. 2017 The investigators’ working assumption was that the worms that cause lymphatic filariasis had recently reached local mosquitoes. 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

noun
fil·a·ri·a·sis
variants: also filariosis \ˌfil-ə-ˈrī-ə-səs \
plural filariases also -oses\-ˌsēz \

Medical Definition of filariasis 

: infestation with or disease caused by filariae

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