Elephantiasis (filariasis) occurs in many parts of India

The National Vector Borne Diseases Control Programme (NVBDCP) has reported that elephantiasis (filariasis) occurs in 255 districts in 21 states and Union Territories including West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand, Assam, Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, among others. One of the most affected states in Odisha with 66,000 patients with this infection.

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Advice For Travellers

Filariasis has been a major public health problem in India second only to malaria. There are no vaccines or drugs to prevent filariasis. While the risk for the general traveller may be low, the risk can be minimised to avoid this disease by following all precautions to avoid mosquito bites. The mosquitoes that carry the parasitic worms usually bite between dusk and dawn.

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