How is schistosomiasis (bilharzia) controlled in an endemic area?

Updated: Sep 20, 2018
  • Author: Shadab Hussain Ahmed, MD, AAHIVS, FACP, FIDSA; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Controlling schistosomiasis in an endemic area should include the following:

  • Population-based preventive chemotherapy - WHO has recommended preventive chemotherapy for at-risk populations in endemic areas [65]

  • Provision of a safe water supply

  • Health education that includes improvement of water sanitation and avoidance of schistosome-contaminated urine or stool

  • Snail control


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