Control of Lymphatic Filariasis: a Manual for Health Personnel

by the World Health Organization. 89 pages, illustrated. World Health Organization, Geneva 27, Switzerland. 1987. $9.00

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A. C. VickeryCollege of Public Health University of South Florida, 13301 North 30th Street Tampa, Florida 33612

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This technical manual was produced in response to the recommendation of a World Health Organization Bi-regional Working Group of Filariasis. The contributors to this manual have produced an excellent, practical guide not only for those who plan, manage, and implement lymphatic filariasis control activities, but also for those in research whose projects include field studies.

The manual is organized into three parts. Part 1 is a very useful capsule of general information on lymphatic filariasis beginning with the life cycle and vectors of Wuchereria bancrofti, Brugia malayi, and B. timori. This is followed by the distribution, clinical manifestations, and available methods of diagnosis and treatment of lymphatic filariasis. This information should be of considerable assistance to those new to the field.

Part 2 outlines strategies for the control of lymphatic filariasis. It provides the planners and implementors of such projects the framework for community oriented strategies for lymphatic filariasis control programs.

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