Human Biology Nasty Little Worm!

Discussion in 'Human Biology' started by mscbkc070904, Mar 11, 2005.

  1. mscbkc070904

    mscbkc070904 Premium Member

    I was researching parasitic worms and there are more but this one is pretty nasty and lots of people in Africa have it.


     
  2. mscbkc070904

    mscbkc070904 Premium Member

    If members would like to know more about different parasitic worms, post here and I will look them up, there alot of types out there. If you are not sure what it is, but know what it can do and if its animal related or human related, note so.
     
  3. Icewolf

    Icewolf Premium Member

    what is the parasite which affects humans and causes massive swelling on any part of the body due to the lack of release of fluid, (eleph . . itis <--something like that is the name of the illness)
     
  4. mscbkc070904

    mscbkc070904 Premium Member

    Elephantiasis or Lymphatic Filariasis is an infection of parasitic roundworms like: Wuchereria Bancrofti, Brugia Malayi, and Brugia Timori. Elephantiasis currently affects 20 million people worldwide.

    When an infected mosquito bites a person the mosquito can inject the parasitic roundworms into the bloodstream and travels to your lymph system. The worms may live undetected for years, and then symptoms of Elephantiasis may surface, such as: lymphedema (extremely enlarged/swollen) of the arms, legs, genitalia, and breasts. This enlargement of extremities occurs when the parasites cause blockages in the blood vessels and fluid builds up. Additional bacterial infections and decreased immune function can also result from the infestation in the lymph system.
     
  5. mscbkc070904

    mscbkc070904 Premium Member

  6. parrhesia

    parrhesia Member

    It sounds like a nasty little thing... from the photos it's not something nice to experience, either.