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What is Filaria?
The Filaria test is performed to confirm a diagnosis of Filaria, as well as when an infection is suspected before symptoms of filaria appear. Filaria is caused by a parasitic roundworm called Wuchereria bancrofti and the test measures the level of antibodies against these parasites to determine if an infection has occurred.
Why is Filaria done?
- When symptoms of filaria appear including fever with chills and headaches, inflammation and swelling of the lymph nodes, progressive swelling of the legs and genitals to unnatural proportions
- To screen for the presence of the parasite if a person has been bitten by a mosquito and infection is suspected
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