Bukidnon is “filariasis-free” – World Health Organization

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BUKIDNON | BUKIDNON NEWS | BUKIDNON UPDATES | GOVERNMENT | SOCIETY – The Province of Bukidnon is free from filariasis. This, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). The WHO made this declaration after Bukidnon reportedly met certain “standards” and posted less than one percent prevalence rate of filariasis in identified areas.

Filariasis or elephantiasis is a parasitic disease transmitted by mosquitoes affecting rural areas.

Congratulations to the Provincial Health Office, to the officers and staff for this great achievement!

This is definitely good news, considering that the provincial government also launched a massive campaign against malaria before. Hopefully, Bukidnon stays “filariasis-free” for a very long time.

People who have filaria usually suffer disfiguration of limbs and swelling of body parts. Symptoms of the disease include fever, coughing, chills, wheezing and pain and swelling in the arms, breast, scrotum, penis, vulva, and legs.

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