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How is lymphatic filariasis transmitted?

Lymphatic filariasis is transmitted from one infected human to another by mosquitoes. When a mosquito bites an infected person, it picks up some of the microscopic worms from the blood. The worms develop inside the mosquito for one to three weeks. They then move to the mosquito's mouth. When the mosquito bites another person, the worms are passed on. It generally takes many mosquito bites over a long period of months or years for a person to accumulate enough worms to be infected with lymphatic filariasis.

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