37.4.1  Where is lymphatic filariasis common in Ethiopia?

Like onchocerciasis, lymphatic filariasis is common in western Ethiopia, such as Illubabor, Keffa, Jimma, Wollega, Gambella and Pawe. Though the disease is not fatal, it is responsible for considerable disability and distress, causing social stigma among men, women and children. You will learn more about the social consequences of lymphatic filariasis and a non-infectious cause of swelling in the legs (podoconiosis) in Study Session 39.

37.4  Lymphatic filariasis

37.4.2  Mode of transmission of lymphatic filariasis