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UPDATED: 15:13, February 05, 2006
Tanzanians to fight harder against elephantiasis
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The Tanzanian government has called on its people to work harder against the spread of elephantiasis, a lymphatic disorder caused by mosquito bites.

The government officials made the call through a statement available on Sunday after a nationwide campaign against elephantiasis had gone underway.

The warning said that 57 percent of the country's population are at risk of contracting the disease, of which the main symptoms are massive enlargement of limbs and scrota.

The Tanzanian Ministry for Health and Social Welfare has set aside 400 million shillings (345,000 U.S. dollars) for the eradication of the disease.

Two medications of Albendezol and Mubendeol are expected to be distributed to 30 million people in the east African country.

According to available statistics, at least 30 percent of Dar es Salaam residents carry the parasites that causes elephantiasis.

Worldwide, the disease has affected the lives of 120 million people in 80 countries while 1 billion people are at risk of acquiring the infection.

One third of the infected people live in Africa.

Source: Xinhua

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