It's a tropical disease caused by infection by parasitic worms called filariae
, which invade the lymphatic system.
However, the adult filariae
were smaller than expected for B.
The causal agents of lymphatic filariasis are the filariae
Wuchereria bancrofti, Brugia malayi and Brugia timori.
Manson commented, "It is marvelous how Nature has adapted the habits of the filariae
to those of the mosquito.
Filarioidea: Onchocercidae) for the filariae
parasitic in rabbits in North America.