Eighteen years ago in her hometown of Georgetown, Guyana, Bernadette Seenarine came down with what at first seemed like a cold with fever. The symptoms quickly went away. Little did she know at the time that she had been infected with microfilaria, a tiny parasite that causes lymphatic filariasis, a disease commonly known as elephantiasis. In Guyana it is simply known as “big foot.”
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Today, Seenarine has limited mobility due to the damage the parasites have caused in her leg. Elephantiasiscauses a thickening of the skinand underlying tissues than can cause certain parts of the body to swell. She spends most of her time at her two-story home, where she operates a small grocery shop at the ground level.
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