Maharashtra: New treatment strategy to eliminate Lymphatic Filariasis

Written by Anuradha Mascarenhas
| Pune |
Published: June 14, 2018 6:13:00 am

Maharashtra is among the endemic states, with 17 such districts. (Representational Image)

Lymphatic Filariasis (LF), or elephantiasis, is a painful, disfiguring disease spread by mosquitoes; and India bears approximately 40 per cent of the global LF burden. Maharashtra is one of the states with a higher incidence of LF, and health officials are actively considering the introduction of the triple-drug therapy.

Dr Balkrishna Kamble, assistant director, health (Filaria), Government of Maharashtra, told The Indian Express that decision regarding the rollout of the triple-drug therapy was yet to be taken.

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