10 facts about schistosomiasis

Shistosomiasis: Women are usually exposed to infection while doing domestic chores such as washing clothes.
WHO/L. Chitsulo

March 2014

Schistosomiasis is an acute and chronic, parasitic disease caused by blood flukes (trematode worms) of the genus Schistosoma. At least 249 million people required treatment in 2013.

Treatment, which should be repeated over a number of years, will reduce and prevent morbidity. The WHO strategy for schistosomiasis control focuses on reducing disease through periodic, targeted treatment with praziquantel. This involves regular treatment of all who are at-risk.

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