LF in Haiti

LF is truly a national disease in Haiti, present in 118 of 140 communes, making 88% of the country a potential risk zone. In much of coastal Haiti, half the people have the parasite and fully a quarter of the males have genital damage due to the disease. Between 2 and 5 percent of the population suffers from lymphedema and elephantiasis. There is a good deal of awareness about elephantiasis of the leg, which occurs more frequently in girls and women, but many are unaware of the suffering boys and men incur from scrotal damage—which is often hidden by victims.

This map shows the country of Haiti, with the 140 communes distinguished by the prevalence of LF. In the hyperendemic zones, shown in red, up to 45% of the population is infected.