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Number of people affected by select neglected tropical diseases worldwide as of 2020

This statistic shows the number of people worldwide affected by select neglected tropical diseases each year, as of 2020. It was estimated that around 36 million people are affected annually by lymphatic filariasis, also known as elephantiasis. Elephantiasis is caused by parasitic worms and is marked by severe swelling in various parts of the body.

Number of people affected worldwide each year from select neglected tropical diseases as of 2020

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Release date

January 2020



Survey time period

as of 2020

Supplementary notes

^ Indicates number requiring preventive chemotherapy.
* Indicates active trachoma, trichiasis, and irreversible blindness due to trachoma.

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