Brazilian man turning into an ‘ELEPHANT’ after mosquito bite

It took just one bite from a mosquito for a South American man to be infected with one of the most frightening and crippling tropical diseases.

The man, Raimundo, was bitten by the bug 20 years ago and subsequently infected with Lymphatic filariasis, a parasitic infection better known as Elephantiasis.

Himundo has been battling the infection ever since, and watched as his left leg swelled and became elephant-like, almost paralyzing him as documented in tonight’s episode of River Monsters on Animal Planet.

The disease targets the body’s lymphatic system as the larvae reproduce and mature over a period of one year.

The infection is typically characterized by extreme swelling of limbs or genitals, though the majority of people who are infected by the parasite do not develop any symptoms.

However, the worms can damage kidneys and lymph nodes even if a person does not exhibit external symptoms.

It is considered a ‘neglected tropical disease’.

Raimundo is currently undergoing treatment in Sao Jose Rio Preto.

The clinic that is treating him – the first time he has sought help for the infection – has managed to drastically reduce the size of the swelling in a matter of weeks.

Though he still has a long way to go.

Doctors at Cunica Godoy initially good not wrap their arms around one part of Raimundo’s leg due to the sheer size of the swelling.

As the host of the show, Jeremy Wade, explains, once you get elephantiasis, it is very difficult to get under control.

‘Perhaps this is the one I find most frightening because once you’ve got Elephantiasis it’s a life sentence,’ he said.

The infection is found in Africa, Central and South America, South Asia, and the Pacific Islands

Doctors can use anthelmintic drugs will expel the parasitic worms from the patient’s body.





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Source: Daily Mail


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