Schistosomiasis

Dr Jenny Robson

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Dr Jenny Robson

Microbiologist; Sullivan Nicolaides Pathology's, department of Microbiology and Molecular Pathology

Dr Jenny Robson

Schistosomiasis, also known as bilharzia, is the second most prevalent tropical disease after malaria and is a leading cause of morbidity in many parts of the world.

It is not uncommon in Australia because of the many travellers who visit endemic areas and swim or bathe in freshwater lakes and streams.

Places commonly implicated include Lake Kariba and Lake Malawi in Africa. Immigrants and refugees from bilharzia endemic countries are also likely to present with untreated infection. With increasing travel to and migration from Africa and the Americas knowledge of the dangers and means of avoiding schistosomiasis is essential.

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