Depictions of the disease in ancient art determines that Poliomyelitis has existed for thousands of years. The disease was first recognized as a distinct condition in 1789 and the virus that causes it was first identified in 1908. It was one of the 20th century’s most worrying childhood diseases until 1950 when the first polio vaccine was developed in the 1950s. It is hoped that vaccination efforts and early detection of cases will result in global eradication of the disease by 2018.
Filariasis is a parasitic disease caused by an infection with roundworms spreaded by blood-feeding black flies and mosquitoes. One of the notable symptoms tha might occur if the parasite lodges in the lymphatic system is Elephantiasis. Recommended treatment include a cocktail of antiparasitic medication and antibiotics.