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Schistosomiasis facts

  • Schistosomiasis is a disease caused by Schistosoma spp. that can cause acute and chronic infection.
  • Many symptoms of schistosomiasis infection frequently include fever, blood in stools or urine, and abdominal discomfort.
  • The immune response and Schistosoma spp. egg migration through tissues and their deposition in body organs cause the disease.
  • Schistosomiasis has an acute and chronic phase.
  • Schistosomiasis is diagnosed by the identification of characteristic eggs in feces, urine, or biopsy samples; diagnosis may be aided with serologic (blood) tests.
  • Schistosomiasis is most often effectively treated with the antiparasitic drug praziquantel (Biltricide), especially in acute phase disease.
  • Chronic schistosomiasis often produces complications in various organ systems (for example, gastrointestinal system, urinary system, heart, liver).
  • Currently, there is no vaccine available for schistosomiasis.
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