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Bancroft's filariasis

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A filarial infection caused by Wucheria bancrofti.

Description

A filarial infection caused by Wucheria bancrofti. Infections with filarias, thin round worms which, particularly in the tropics, occur as parasites in man. Bancroft discovered Wucheria bancrofti in 1876. His first report on this was in the form of a letter to Thomas Spencer Cobbold (1828-1886), who published it in The Lancet (1877, 2: 70-71) and coined the term bancrofti.

Bibliography

  • J. Bancroft:
    Cases of filarious disease.
    Transactions of the Pathological Society of London, 1878, 29: 406-419.

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