Lymphatic filariasis, also known as elephantiasis, is a neglected tropical disease that affects millions of people in developing countries. It is caused by parasitic worms that are transmitted to humans through the bites of infected mosquitoes.

The adult worms live in the lymphatic system, which is responsible for maintaining fluid balance in the body. Over time, the worms can damage the lymphatic vessels, leading to a buildup of fluid and swelling in the affected areas of the body.

Symptoms of lymphatic filariasis can include swelling of the legs, arms, breasts, or genitals. In some cases, the swelling can become severe enough to cause disfigurement and disability.

Prevention measures include the use of insect repellents and bed nets, as well as the mass administration of drugs to treat and prevent the disease in endemic communities.

Efforts to eliminate lymphatic filariasis are ongoing, with the goal of eliminating the disease as a public health problem by 2030. Through sustained efforts and investments, progress is being made towards achieving this goal and improving the lives of millions of affected individuals.