Outbreak of schistosomiasis in Liberia

Health officials in the northern Liberia county of Gbarpolu have identified 327 people infected with schistosomiasis, or snail fever, since September. The lack of basic sanitation facilities and safe drinking water are facilitating the transmission of this parasitic disease.

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Advice For Travellers

Schistosomiasis is usually contracted through exposure to fecal contaminated water. The risk of exposure for the general traveller is usually low. However, an increasing number of tourists are acquiring the disease due to the increased popularity of eco-tourism and travelling to remote destinations. Travellers can reduce the risk of exposure to this infection by avoiding contact with contaminated water while fishing, swimming, bathing, wading, or farming where fecal waste is discharged into water sources. Avoid consuming food or water that may have been contaminated by human fecal matter.