Abstract Number: 34

Filariasis in Fiji

M.S. Tuicakau , M. Kama

Meeting: 2012 Dermcoll

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Session Title: Free Papers Session

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120 million people worldwide are infected by one of the filarial worms, which produces the condition known as fi lariasis. It is one of the WHO classifi ed “neglected tropical diseases”. In Fiji, fi lariasis is due to the microfi larial worm, Wucheria bancrofti which is transmitted by infected mosquitoes. At least half of the people infected with lymphatic fi lariasis show no signs of the disease (asymptomatic). However, the chronic signs of lymphatic fi lariasis often seen in adults include elephantiasis, hydrocele and lymphoedema. Der-matologic presentations and complications are a major contributor to the disability caused by this disease. Filariasis has been endemic in Fiji, as well as throughout the Pacifi c, and is still considered a public health problem in Fiji . Under the assistance of WHO and other donor agencies, Fiji has been undertaking a Mass Drug Treatment (MDA) programme and other measures to eliminate fi lariasis as a major health issue.