Nigeria has over 120 million people at risk nationwide for the mosquito borne parasitic disease, lymphatic filariasis. The most populous country in Africa follows only India as far as endemicity.
Last week, the Carter Center announced after years of work, two states, Plateau and Nasarawa, have eliminated lymphatic filariasis as a public health problem- an incredible achievement.
Epidemiologist for health programs with the Carter Center, Gregory Noland, Ph.D. joined me to talk about the disease, the partners and the work that went into this success and what’s next with the Carter Center and the lymphatic filariasis battle in Nigeria.
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A person receiving medication for LF in Nigeria.
Image/Carter Center video screen shot
Intro music: “Rapture” by Ross Bugden
3 thoughts on “Lymphatic filariasis in Nigeria: The battle against the disfiguring parasitic disease”
Please I have been having this itching, and swelling in my body for years now and it happens anytime it rains and at night. I first start to feel the itching and then once I scratch it starts swelling mostly in my mouth, eyes, and my back but then after a while it comes down or when I dab it with hot water. I want to know if it’s related to this filariasis
Will really appreciate a respond. Thanks