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  • Schistosomiasis

    Schistosomiasis  is a disease of poverty that leads to chronic ill-health. Infection is acquired when people come into contact with fresh water infested with the larval forms (cercariae) of parasitic blood flukes, known as schistosomes.

  • Schistosomiasis

    Symptoms of schistosomiasis are caused by the body’s reaction to the worms’ eggs.Intestinal schistosomiasis can result in abdominal pain, diarrhoea and blood in the stool. Liver enlargement is common in advanced cases, and is frequently associated with an accumulation of fluid in the peritoneal cavity and hypertension of the abdominal blood vessels. In such cases there may also be enlargement of the spleen.

  • Schistosomiasis

    Safe and effective medication (praziquantal)is available for treatment of both urinary and intestinal schistosomiasis.  Of the 78 countries considered endemic for schistosomiasis, only 52 countries have populations requiring preventive chemotherapy. The total number of people in need of preventive chemotherapy globally for 2014 was 258.9 million, of which 123.3 million were school-age children.   

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