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Lymphatic filariasis, or elephantiasis, is a serious threat to approximately 406 million people in the African Region.

According to the World Health Organisation, lymphatic filariasis, or elephantiasis, is a serious threat to approximately 406 million people in the African Region. Elephantiasis is caused by a thread-like parasitic worm that is transmitted by mosquitoes. The infection usually happens in childhood, but the painful and profoundly disfiguring disease often occurs later in life. In a remote village of Zanzibar we meet a seventeen year old whose life has been full of trials and tribulations as a result of this condition. BBC’s Esther Mackenzie reports.

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