Lymphatic filariasis: disease outbreaks in military deployments from World War II

Melrose, Wayne, and Leggat, Peter A. (2005) Lymphatic filariasis: disease outbreaks in military deployments from World War II. Military Medicine, 170 (7). pp. 585-589.

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Abstract

Lymphatic filariasis (LF) is the second most common parasitic disease worldwide, after malaria. It should always be considered in the differential diagnosis for military personnel returning from disease-endemic areas. Numerous outbreaks of LF have been reported in military deployments from World War II. In contrast to the presentation of LF in indigenous populations, which often involves such uncommon complications as elephantiasis and hydrocele, the clinical presentation of LF in military personnel can vary widely and is often vague and nondescript. Common symptoms are pain and swelling of the genitalia, closely followed by lymphangitis of the arms and legs. All three species produce similar disease.

Item ID: 6896
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: epidemiology; history; Lymphatic filariasis; military; outbreaks
ISSN: 1930-613X
Date Deposited: 05 Mar 2010 04:08
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111706 Epidemiology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9299 Other Health > 929999 Health not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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