• D. O. Freedman
  • T. B. Nutman


The filariases are vectorborne human parasitic diseases with a complex life cycle; they are caused by nematodes, which, in their mature stage, reside in the lymphatic system or in the connective tissue. Although the adult parasite itself may provoke impressive and chronic inflammatory reactions in tissues, it can live for years or decades continuously producing huge numbers of larvae. These larvae, called microfilariae, can themselves cause significant, debilitating, and long-term chronic pathology.


Adult Worm Lymphatic Filariasis Complex Life Cycle Mass Treatment Adult Parasite 
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