Transmission Potential of Wuchereria bancrofti by Culex quinquefasciatus in Malaysia and Its Global Significance

  • Indra Vythilingam


Filariasis caused by three parasites, namely, Brugia malayi, B. timori and Wuchereria bancrofti, is of immense public health importance in Asia. Although this disease is in the process of elimination, we are now faced with a daunting challenge of increased susceptibility of Culex quinquefasciatus to foreign strains of W. bancrofti. We now see cases of W. bancrofti in migrant workers coming into the country. International travel and cross-border migration have created a more complex situation that needs serious attention so as to progress unhindered towards elimination. This paper reviews the status of W. bancrofti-caused infection in Malaysia and the way forward.



The author would like to thank the Head of Department of Parasitology, University of Malaya, for his continuous support.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Indra Vythilingam
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  1. 1.Parasitology Department, Faculty of MedicineUniversity of MalayaKuala LumpurMalaysia

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