Brugia malayi (pronounced BROO-gee-ah ma-LAY-eye), more commonly known as a filarial nematode worm, is a main contributor to an incredible disease known as elephantiasis. In extreme cases it can cause the tremendous swelling and enlargement of the human limbs!



Brugia malayi is a microscopic, parasitic worm, which is known for infecting the human lymphatic system.  This remarkable parasite has a very interesting method of reproducing and migrating from person to person. The infection actually spreads through mosquito bites. Come learn more about this parasite and take a more in-depth look at its amazing features!


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