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What causes lymphatic filariasis?

Lymphatic filariasis is caused by an infection of microscopic worms that live only in the human lymphatic system. The worms are spread from person to person by mosquito bites. The disease is found in tropical and subtropical regions of the world, including Asia, Africa, the western Pacific, and parts of South America and the Caribbean. The worms are not found in the United States.

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