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On October 15, 2014, during an Indonesian Field Epidemiology Training Program (IFETP) campaign, implemented in order to improve coverage against filariasis, which is a parasitic infection caused by roundworms, these elementary school children in Bukittinggi, West Sumatera, Indonesia show their fingers marked with ink, indicating that they have taken the medication against filariasis, a parasitic infection caused by roundworms.
Additional Information:
Lymphatic filariasis, considered globally as a neglected tropical disease, is a parasitic disease caused by microscopic, thread-like worms. The adult worms only live in the human lymph system. The lymph system maintains the body's fluid balance and fights infections. Lymphatic filariasis is spread from person to person by mosquitoes.

The FETP trains workers on the ground to help countries build sustainable capacity for detecting and responding to health threats. The program develops in-country expertise so that disease outbreaks can be detected locally and prevented from spreading.

For more on the FETP, or filariasis, see the links below.

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Content Providers(s):CDC/ Eka Budi Satria, Indonesia
Creation Date:2014
Photo Credit:Eka Budi Satria, Indonesia
Links:CDC – Global Health; Global Health Protection & Security; Field Epidemiology Training Program (FETP)
CDC - Global Health; Division of Parasitic Diseases and Malaria; Parasites - Lymphatic Filariasis
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