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Research Article

Neglected Patients with a Neglected Disease? A Qualitative Study of Lymphatic Filariasis

  • Myrtle Perera,

    Affiliation: Marga Institute, Colombo, Sri Lanka

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  • Margaret Whitehead mail,

    mmw@liverpool.ac.uk

    Affiliation: Division of Public Health, University of Liverpool, Liverpool, United Kingdom

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  • David Molyneux,

    Affiliation: Lymphatic Filariasis Support Centre, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, Pembroke Place, Liverpool, United Kingdom

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  • Mirani Weerasooriya,

    Affiliation: Filariasis Research, Training and Service Unit, Department of Parasitology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ruhuna, Galle, Sri Lanka

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  • Godfrey Gunatilleke

    Affiliation: Marga Institute, Colombo, Sri Lanka

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  • Published: November 21, 2007
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pntd.0000128

About the Authors

Myrtle Perera, Godfrey Gunatilleke
Marga Institute, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Margaret Whitehead
Division of Public Health, University of Liverpool, Liverpool, United Kingdom
David Molyneux
Lymphatic Filariasis Support Centre, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, Pembroke Place, Liverpool, United Kingdom
Mirani Weerasooriya
Filariasis Research, Training and Service Unit, Department of Parasitology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ruhuna, Galle, Sri Lanka

Corresponding Author

Email: mmw@liverpool.ac.uk

Competing Interests

Perera, Whitehead, Weerasooriya, and Gunatilleke declare that they have no conflict of interest. Molyneux is supported by the UK Department for International Development and GlaxoSmithKline.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: D. Molyneux M. Whitehead M. Perera. Performed the experiments: M. Perera. Analyzed the data: D. Molyneux M. Whitehead M. Perera G. Gunatilleke. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: M. Weerasooriya. Wrote the paper: D. Molyneux M. Whitehead M. Perera M. Weerasooriya G. Gunatilleke.