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How does lymphatic filariasis affect the body?

Lymphatic filariasis affects the body by causing severe swelling in an arm, leg, breast, or the genital area. The skin of the affected area becomes very susceptible to bacterial infection. The skin can then become thickened and hard, a condition known as elephantiasis.

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