The economic burden of lymphatic filariasis in India

Parasitol Today. 2000 Jun;16(6):251-3. doi: 10.1016/s0169-4758(00)01643-4.


Lymphatic filariasis affects 119 million people living in 73 countries, with India accounting for 40% of the global prevalence of infection. Despite its debilitating effects, lymphatic filariasis is given very low control priority. One of the reasons for this is paucity of information on the economic burden of the disease. Recent studies in rural areas of south India have shown that the treatment costs and loss of work time due to the disease are considerable. Based on the results of these studies, Kapa Ramaiah et al. here estimate the annual economic loss because of lymphatic filariasis for India and discuss the implications of their findings.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Elephantiasis, Filarial / complications
  • Elephantiasis, Filarial / economics*
  • Elephantiasis, Filarial / epidemiology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • India / epidemiology
  • Lymphangitis / epidemiology
  • Lymphangitis / etiology
  • Male
  • Prevalence