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Ring Worm or Tinea
Lymphatic filarasis is a mosquito-borne parasitic worm infection. A person with the disease tends to have more bacterial infections in the skin and lymph system.
This causes hardening and thickening of the skin, which in its most dramatic form is expressed in the symptoms of elephantiasis, the accumulation of lymph, usually in legs. It is not a killer disease, but causes severe debilitation and social stigma.
The disease spreads from person to person by mosquito bites. Prevention includes giving entire communities medicine that kills the microscopic worms and controlling mosquitoes. Avoiding mosquito bites is another form of prevention. The mosquitoes that carry the microscopic worms usually bite between the hours of dusk and dawn.
Lymphatic filariasis affects over 120 million people in the tropics and sub-tropics of Asia, Africa, Western Pacific, and parts of Central and South America.