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Country Health Advice Congo - Democratic Republic

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 Congo - Democratic Republic. The full extent of Schistosomiasis risk is unknown due to fragmentary research:

S. haematobium and S. mansoni are endemic in the provinces of Orientale, Maniema, Katanga, Kinshasa, and Bas-Congo. Cases are reported from Lake Kivu and Lake Tanganyika. S. intercalatum has been reported from the provinces of Orientale and Maniema.

The full extent of Schistosomiasis risk in the Congo - Democratic Republic is unknown. Additional snail intermediate hosts for S. mansoni: Biomphalaria choanomphala, Biomphalaria smithi and Biomphalaria stanleyi.

Risk of Schistosomiasis caused by: Schistosoma haematobium, Schistosoma mansoni, Schistosoma intercalatum

The main intermediate host snail is: Bulinus globosus, Bulinus africanus, Biomphalaria pfeifferi, see text above for additional intermediate snail host.


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