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Gambia 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 whole country, including urban areas:

S. haematobium and S. mansoni are endemic along the Gambia River basin. Snail intermediate host for S. haematobium: Bulinus jousseaumei.

Risk of Schistosomiasis caused by:Schistosoma haematobium, Schistosoma mansoni

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

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