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How common is lymphatic filariasis?

More than 120 million people around the world are infected with lymphatic filariasis. Of those, more than 40 million are disfigured and incapacitated by massively swollen limbs or genital areas. Approximately one-third of people with lymphatic filariasis live in India. Another third live in Africa and the rest live in south Asia, the Pacific, Central and South America, and the Caribbean region. The disease is found in only four countries in the Americas - Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Guyana, and Brazil. Experts estimate that more than a billion people in 80 countries are at risk of lymphatic filariasis.

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