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Country Health Advice Burundi

General Health Risks: Schistosomiasis

Infection is transmitted by snails living in fresh water such as lakes, rivers, streams and ponds in Africa, and some countries in Southeast Asia, South America, and the Caribbean.

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Schistosomiasis risk is present in the country, areas of risk are specified:

S. mansoni is endemic along Lake Tanganyika and the Rusizi Plain, including the capital Bujumbura (provinces of Bujumbura Mairie, Bujumbura Rural and Bururi). Risk is also present in the villages around Lake Cyohoha Sud and Lake Rwihinda (province of Kirundo) and has also been reported from the provinces of Chibitoke and Ruyigi. Additional snail intermediate hosts: Biomphalaria choanomphala and Biomphalaria stanleyi.

Note: The highlands of central, eastern and southern Burundi are considered risk free. Burundi has implemented a national plan to control and eliminate Schistosomiasis resulting in reduced prevalence of the disease.

Risk of Schistosomiasis caused by: Schistosoma mansoni

The main intermediate host snail is: See text above for intermediate snail host.


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