Schistosomiasis in school children in Sudan

Ministry of Health officials of Khartoum State have reported that almost 110,000 children have been infected with schistosomiasis this year in the 2 localities of Jebel Awlia and East Nile.

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Advice For Travellers

The number of people infected with schistosomiasis usually increases in the summer when children often play in the contaminated river or irrigation canals to escape the heat.

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.

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