How was schistosomiasis (bilharzia) discovered?

Updated: Sep 20, 2018
  • Author: Shadab Hussain Ahmed, MD, AAHIVS, FACP, FIDSA; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Sometimes referred to as bilharzias, bilharziasis, or snail fever, schistosomiasis was discovered by Theodore Bilharz, a German surgeon working in Cairo, who first identified the etiological agent Schistosoma hematobium in 1851. [4] A Schistosoma egg is seen below.

Egg of Schistosoma hematobium, with its typical te Egg of Schistosoma hematobium, with its typical terminal spine.

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