Lymphatic filariasis: transmission, treatment and elimination.
There is much optimism about the possibility of eliminating lymphatic filariasis. However, it is uncertain how long mass treatment would have to be continued to achieve this goal and how the required duration depends on the proportion of the population that receives treatment (coverage), the treatment regimen, the pretreatment mf prevalence, and the local vector species. These questions are addressed in this thesis. Much of the reported work was done in close collaboration with the Vector Control Research Centre in Pondicherry (Indian Council of Medical Research), India.