Schistosomiasis is wide spread in Sudan

Both South and North Darfur are experiencing significant increases in reported cases of schistosomiasis. In one study in southern Kordofan State, up to 27 percent of school children were infected with this parasite. In contrast, in the River Nile State up to 3.5 percent of school children were infected.

Schistosomiasis parasites live in contaminated fresh water, such as rivers or lakes, in subtropical and tropical regions worldwide. An increasing number of tourists are acquiring the disease during eco-tourism and adventure travel. Travellers can reduce the risk of exposure to this infection by avoiding contact with contaminated water while fishing, swimming, bathing, wading, or farming. Avoid consuming food or water that may have been contaminated by human fecal matter.

Visit our Health Library for more information on exposure to and the prevention of Schistosomiasis.

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