Whai is Filariasis and its symptoms ?

Filariasis Signs Symptoms Treatment

Guy you might have heard about the campaign of the health ministry of India. The Union Health Ministry has launched a nationwide mass drug administration (MDA) campaign aimed at ending filariasis disease transmission through door-to-door administration of anti-filarial drugs, especially in 10 affected States.

High-burden districts in Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Karnataka, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh jointly launched the campaign, according to a statement issued by the Ministry on Friday.

In this article you will learn about the filariasis diseases. Its transmission and about its treatment.

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Filariasis is a parasitic disease caused by an infection with roundworms of the Filarioidea type. These are spread by blood-feeding insects such as black flies and mosquitoes. Eight known filarial worms have humans as a definitive host. These are divided into three groups according to the part of the body they affect:

Lymphatic Filariasis :- Lymphatic filariasis is a parasitic disease caused by microscopic, thread-like worms. The adult worms only live in the human lymph system. The lymph system maintains the body’s fluid balance and fights infections. Lymphatic filariasis is spread from person to person by mosquitoes. These worms occupy the lymphatic system, including the lymph nodes; in chronic cases, these worms lead to the syndrome of elephantiasis.

Subcutaneous filariasis :- It is caused by Loa loa- the eye worm, Mansonella streptocerca, and Onchocerca volvulus. These worms occupy the layer just under the skin. L. loa causes Loa loa filariasis, while O. volvulus causes river blindness.

Serous cavity filariasis :- It is caused by the worms Mansonella perstans and Mansonella ozzardi, which occupy the serous cavity of the abdomen. Dirofilaria immitis, the dog heartworm, rarely infects humans.

Signs and Symptoms of Filariasis

The most noted symptom of lymphatic filariasis is elephantiasis edema with thickening of the skin and underlying tissues—which was the first disease discovered to be transmitted by mosquito bites. Elephantiasis results when the parasites lodge in the lymphatic system.

The subcutaneous worms present with rashes, urticarial papules, and arthritis, as well as hyper- and hypopigmentation macules. Onchocerca volvulus manifests itself in the eyes, causing “river blindness


Filariasis treatment

Before taking any kind of medicine Please consult a doctor. Without consultation do not take any kind of medicine in any disease. The recommended treatment for people is albendazole combined with ivermectin. A combination of diethylcarbamazine and albendazole is also effective. Side effects of the drugs include nausea, vomiting, and headaches. All of these treatments are microfilaricidal; they have no effect on the adult worms. In 2003, the common antibiotic doxycycline was suggested for treating elephantiasis. Clinical trials in June 2005 by the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine reported an eight-week course almost eliminated microfilaraemia.

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