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Filarial elephantiasis in French Polynesia: a study concerning the beliefs of 127 patients about the origin of their disease.
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Journaltransactions of the royal society of tropical medicine and hygiene1.868Date
1979
Type
Journal Article
Volume
1979 / 73 : 424-6
Author
Carme B
DoiPMIDMESH
Adult
Aged
Attitude to Health
Culicidae
Elephantiasis
Female
Filariasis
Humans
Insect Vectors
Lymphedema
Male
Middle Aged
Polynesia
Abstract
127 patients from Tahiti who were suffering from elephantiasis were interviewed about their opinion of the origin of their disease. Ancestral beliefs are still widely held even after 25 years of antifilarial campaigns which have resulted in a drastic decrease in endemicity with almost no clinical incidence. It is disappointing that the responsibility of mosquitoes is denied by a majority of patients. The explanations are to be found in the unusual evolution of this disease and in the small importance attached to sanitary education.
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FromOXFORD UNIV PRESS

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