ID#: 22457
Captured in 2016, in the Quang Binh Province of Vietnam, by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) staff member, Caitlin Worrell, this image depicted an elderly Vietnamese woman, who was seated on a very low stool. She had extended her legs to reveal her swollen lower extremities, which had been due to an infection known as lymphatic filariasis (LF), or more commonly referred to as elephantiasis, caused by a microscopic parasitic roundworm that inhabits, and damages the lymphatic system, thereby, causing the subsequent swelling you see here. This person had been living with chronic lymphedema for several decades. This picture was an entry in the 2016 CDC Connects, Public Health in Action Photo Contest, in the categories of Programs-International and People-International.
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Content Providers(s): CDC/ CDC Connects
Creation Date: 2016
Photo Credit: Caitlin Worrell
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