The snails spreading fever across Africa | Source: CNN Health, Feb 9, 2016 |
According to WHO, 90% of those requiring treatment for schistosomiasis live in Africa, but most of them live around lake and river regions. The factor helping the disease persist, is poor sanitation.
“The problem that sub Saharan Africa has is a lack of fresh water, safe water, and adequate sanitation,” says Fenwick. “People who need to urinate and defecate tend to do so on the open ground, and their excreta can be washed into water where the eggs will then infect snails.”
Infections primarily affect young children, but symptoms can take years to appear, making finding and treating those infected a challenge.
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