Malaysia 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 transmission is interrupted. The country is awaiting evaluation and verification from the World Health Organization for confirmation.

Public health authorities report no new human cases S. malayensis and await WHO evaluation and verification. Cases were previously reported in the areas of Jurantut and Kuala Tahan (Pahang State) near Orang Asli indigenous settlements. Cases have also been reported from the states of Perak and Kedah. In Sabah, risk was reported in the areas of Kota Kinabalu, Sandakan, Tawau. Snail intermediate host: Robertsiella kaporensis.


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