• Question: what causes elephantiasis

    Asked by tasa to Mel on 29 Sep 2014.
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      Melissa Kapulu answered on 29 Sep 2014:

      @tasa good question.
      Elephantiasis is caused by a parasite called a filarial worm. Elephantiasis is simply a condition where the vessels that bring fluid to the legs swell and increase especially the legs. These vessels are called lymphatic vessels and carry a fluid called lymph. That is why it is also commonly referred to as lymphatic filariasis. This disease is a good example of a disease transmitted from one person to the other by a mosquito. Also called vector-borne disease.