About The Author

Marla Hertz is a Postdoctoral Fellow at Washington University in St. Louis studying the molecular biology of filarial parasites and probing the interaction between filarial glycoproteins and their binding partners to develop novel diagnostic tools.

A Tale Of Two Parasites: How Loiasis Complicates Lymphatic Filariasis Elimination Efforts In Central Africa

Lymphatic filariasis (LF) is a debilitating tropical disease that affects 70+ million people and is the second leading cause of disability worldwide. LF is caused by filarial (thread-like) parasitic worms that are transmitted by mosquitos. The adult worms live in the lymphatic system and cause chronic swelling in the legs and groin. LF is sometimes