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Reindeers Could Hold the Key to Elephantiasis Cure

Reindeers in the Arctic could hold the key to a cure for the dreaded elephantiasis, Finnish scientists say. Finnish researchers have found in Arctic reindeers// maggots known to cause elephantiasis. And if only they could check the spread of the maggots in reindeers, that could show the way for a lasting cure for the dreaded elephantiasis.

They have found the filarioidea-family maggots in reindeers in Kuusamo, less than 100 km from the Arctic Circle. "From trying to stop this worm (in reindeer) we can get information that could be meaningful in the fight against elephantiasis," Professor Antti Oksanen from Finnish food safety authority Evira said.

Elephantiasis generally results from obstructions of the lymphatic vessels. It is most commonly caused by a "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parasitic_disease" "Parasitic disease" parasitic disease known as "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lymphatic_filariasis" "Lymphatic filariasis" olymphatic filariasis.

The disfiguring disease is spread by mosquitoes to humans. It can cause limbs to swell up to several times of their normal size, as well as fever and pain. The World Health Organization has been waging a major battle against the disease. It says That lymphatic filariasis, known as Elephantiasis, puts at risk more than a billion people in more than 80 countries.

Over 120 million have already been affected by it, over 40 million of them are seriously incapacitated and disfigured by the disease. One-third of the people infected with the disease live in India, one third are in Africa and most of the remainder are in South Asia, the Pacific and the Americas. In tropical and subtropical areas where lymphatic filariasis is well-established, the prevalence of infection is continuing to increase.

A primary cause of this increase is the rapid and unplanned growth of cities, which creates numerous breeding sites for the mosquitoes that transmit the disease. In its most obvious manifestations, ly
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