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Schistosomiasis (bilharzia) is a type of infection caused by parasites that live in fresh water, such as rivers or lakes, in subtropical and tropical regions worldwide.
Symptoms of schistosomiasis
Symptoms of schistosomiasis can develop either a few weeks after infection, or months, and even years, after.
Causes of schistosomiasis
Schistosomiasis is caused by tiny parasitic worms called schistosomes. The worms live in fresh water in tropical and subtropical countries.
Treating schistosomiasis
If you are diagnosed with schistosomiasis, you will probably be admitted to hospital so that your health can be carefully monitored.
Preventing schistosomiasis
There is no vaccine for schistosomiasis, but you can help prevent becoming infected by not swimming in fresh water when travelling in areas where schistosomiasis is widespread.