Officials in Haiti are using “mass drug administration” to fight a parasitic infection that can cause permanent swelling.
Three patients of Luccene Desir, director of the Center of Research for Filariasis in Haiti, display their legs affected by elephantiasis at a hospital in Leogane, south of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, in May. Left to right are Amise Placide, Poline Guerrier and Mimose Louissant. The doctor's patients come from the locale of Leogane, where research has shown that 40 percent of the population suffers from this malady spread by mosquitoes. It can live in the body for many years before developing into a permanent swelling. Maggie Steber/For The Washington Post Buy Photo