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Close up of a boy's leg that is affected by elephantiasis in the village of Kouakourou, Mali. Elephantiasis is a largely irreversible enlargement and thickening of tissues; specifically, the enormous enlargement of a limb caused by obstruction of lymphatics by filarial worms (especially Wuchereria bancrofti).

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Close up of a boy's leg that is affected by elephantiasis in the village of Kouakourou, Mali. Elephantiasis is a largely irreversible enlargement and thickening of tissues; specifically, the enormous enlargement of a limb caused by obstruction of lymphatics by filarial worms (especially Wuchereria bancrofti).