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Loiasis: Introduction

Loiasis: A parasitic worm (Loa Loa) which is transmitted through a bit by the horsefly, deer fly or the Mango fly. The skin and eyes are usually affected. The worm larvae enter the blood stream through a bite by an infected fly. The adult worms move through the skin, eyes or other organs often causing a localized inflammation. Central Africa is the main area affected. Symptoms may take up to one and a half decades to occur and serious complications can occur depending on where the adult worm travels to within the body. More detailed information about the symptoms, causes, and treatments of Loiasis is available below.

Symptoms of Loiasis

Treatments for Loiasis

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Loiasis: Complications

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Causes of Loiasis

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Misdiagnosis and Loiasis

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Clinical Trials for Loiasis

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Statistics for Loiasis

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Definitions of Loiasis:

A parasitic infection caused by the nematode Loa loa. The vector in the transmission of this infection is the horsefly (Tabanus) or the deerfly or mango fly (Chrysops). The larvae may be seen just beneath the skin or passing through the conjunctiva. Eye lesions are not uncommon. The disease is generally mild and painless. - (Source - Diseases Database)

Loiasis is listed as a "rare disease" by the Office of Rare Diseases (ORD) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This means that Loiasis, or a subtype of Loiasis, affects less than 200,000 people in the US population.
Source - National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Ophanet, a consortium of European partners, currently defines a condition rare when it affects 1 person per 2,000. They list Loiasis as a "rare disease".
Source - Orphanet


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