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n. pl. fil·a·ri·a·ses (-sēz′)
Disease caused by infestation, especially of the lymphatic system, with filarial worms.


(ˌfɪləˈraɪəsɪs; fɪˌlɛərɪˈeɪsɪs)
(Pathology) a disease common in tropical and subtropical countries resulting from infestation of the lymphatic system with the nematode worms Wuchereria bancrofti or Brugia malayi, transmitted by mosquitoes: characterized by inflammation and obstruction of the lymphatic vessels. See also elephantiasis
[C19: from New Latin; see filaria]


(ˌfɪl əˈraɪ ə sɪs)

infestation with filarial worms in the blood, lymphatic tissue, etc.
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Noun1.filariasis - a disease caused by nematodes in the blood or tissues of the body causing blockage of lymphatic vessels
disease - an impairment of health or a condition of abnormal functioning


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The Global Programme to Eliminate Lymphatic Filariasis (GPELF) launched by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2000 with the goal of eliminating LF as a public health problem by the year 2020 is the largest public health intervention program attempted till date.
MDA in combination with other techniques has already eliminated lymphatic filariasis from Japan and South Korea and markedly reduced in transmission in China.
Eisai is an active partner and signatory to the London Declaration, a global public-private partnership that aims to eliminate ten neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), including lymphatic filariasis, by 2020.
Again in our study we have shown that knowledge of the community about lymphatic filariasis and its elimination programme was low.
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Report of a WHO Informal Consultation on epidemiologic approaches to lymphatic filariasis elimination: Initial assessment, monitoring and certification.
Globally, more than 1 billion persons are at risk for lymphatic filariasis (LF), a mosquito-transmitted parasitic infection that causes lymphedema and hydrocele.
8 million) fund in Abu Dhabi to end river blindness and lymphatic filariasis, two preventable infectious diseases that occur across Africa and the Middle East.
The aim of this 10-year Fund is to support the elimination of two debilitating and preventable neglected diseases: river blindness (onchocerciasis) and lymphatic filariasis (which can lead to elephantiasis).
A major objective of the fund is to fast-track ongoing efforts to end river blindness and lymphatic filariasis in several countries in Africa and the Middle East.