Giant Footprints Were Found In The Sand, But No One Knew What It Was Until This Man Showed Up

"I never thought it would happen to me."

A bunch of kids were playing baseball, when suddenly one of them spotted something peculiar.

A trail of footprints stretched across the entire village. Footprints they needed to know the source of. Was it a mythical beast, like Bigfoot?

They were shocked when the footprints actually brought them to this man...

What sounds like a plot summary from a horror movie is actually a striking metaphor for the reality of over 120 million people worldwide who, like the man in the video, have lymphatic filariasis and may face discrimination. More than 500 million people in India are estimated to be at risk of future infection.

More commonly known as elephantiasis, the disease is classified as one of 17 widely neglected tropical diseases by the World Health Organization. It is caused by parasites transmitted to humans via mosquitoes. 

While the majority of infections do not show any external signs, some can significantly affect a patient's appearance, swelling tissue and thickening skin. While this doesn't make patients physically disabled, according to the World Health Organization, they can "suffer mental, social and financial losses contributing to stigma and poverty."

And that's why perception-challenging videos like the one below are so important.

The video was produced by the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases for India's Ministry of Health and Family Welfare's Filaria Free India campaign.

By administering preventative medication to more than 400 million people in the coming year, the ministry aims to stop the spread of lymphatic filariasis. But first, people need to be educated about the disease.

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(H/T: The Huffington Post)