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What is being done to eradicate lymphatic filariasis?

The World Health Organization (WHO) is working to eradicate lymphatic filariasis. Because lymphatic filariasis is transmitted from one infected human to another by mosquitoes, it is possible to break the cycle of disease by treating the overall population with drugs that almost completely eliminate the worms. WHO workers find areas where the disease is very common. They then begin a community program to treat everyone with anti-worm drugs. This usually means giving everyone a single annual dose of the drug albendazole with either diethylcarbamazine (DEC) or ivermectin. To be effective, the treatment must be given to everyone once a year for four to six years.

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