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Schistosomiasis
Synonyms Bilharzia, snail fever, Katayama fever
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11-year-old boy with abdominal fluid and portal hypertension due to schistosomiasis (Agusan del Sur, Philippines)
Pronunciation
Symptoms Abdominal pain, diarrhea, bloody stool, blood in the urine
Complications Liver damage, kidney failure, infertility, bladder cancer
Causes Schistosomes from freshwater snails
Diagnostic method Finding eggs of the parasite in urine or stool, antibodies in blood
Prevention Access to clean water
Medication Praziquantel
Frequency 252 million (2015)
Deaths 4,400–200,000

Schistosomiasis is a parasitic disease caused by Schistosoma species. Schistotoma are flukes, a kind of Trematode. It was previously called Bilharzia. Its intermediate host is freshwater snails.

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