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GUWAHATI, March 15

Lymphatic filariasis (LF), a neglected parasitic disease, is one of the leading causes of morbidity, social stigma and economic loss in many tropical and sub-tropical countries.

The prevalence of filaria has declined in East Godavari district as health authorities have intensified a drive to contain it. Its prevalence was recorded at 2.8 per cent in 1995 and it came down to 0.27 in 2006. Health authorities collected 19,640 blood smears from January 1 to April 30 in 2008 and found 26 micro-filaria positive cases coming up to 0.13 per cent and 36 filaria diseases which come up to 0.18 per cent. More filaria cases were noticed in Amalapuram and Rama-chandrapuram municipalities and some cases from Biccavole and other areas in the district.

This document summarizes the most recent water-related findings on global health impacts; presents recent information on effective interventions; summarizes information from economic evaluations; and describes recent insights on financing. The global health impacts presented are based on both rigorous assessments (for diarrhoea, trachoma, schistosomiasis and intestinal nematode infections) and reviews of expert opinion (all other addressed diseases).

lymphatic filariasis, commonly known as elephantiasis, has long been a major cause of acute and chronic morbidity among people in tropical and subtropical areas of Asia, Africa, the western Pacific

Assam is the highest tea producer state in the country. There is scarcity of reliable information on health and nutritional status among tea garden population of Assam to enable initiating public health response to their health needs.

Devours larval and pupal stages of the culprit mosquito

DAVID H MOLYNEUX, of the Lymphatic Filariasis Support Centre, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, UK, tells VIBHA VARSHNEY that public health policy should focus on neglected diseases, for they are easy to control:

At least 20 million people in Bangladesh are suffering from lymphatic filariasis, a disease transmitted by mosquitoes. To eradicate the disease, the government has asked for help from the World